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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★

    Chris Hemsworth gives Jeff Bridges a lap dance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
    Cynthia Ervio a cappella singing doo wop
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    Dakota Johnson acting around giants
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    Cutting down Nick Offerman screentime
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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★½

    This movie is quiet and sometimes tedious but rich with emotion and subtext. I love an understated Gosling (he’s way more Lars and the Real Girl than La La Land here). The focus on vomit was a bit much but I liked how focused the direction was on how man should not be doing what they do. The first 10 minutes or so are breathtaking.

    Ethan Embry is making the quietest of comebacks in 2018. Get it, Embry. Anthony Michael Hall your way into a USA series that I won’t watch.

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful shots, dialogue and emotional drive. Having just seen Handmaiden, these two movies couldn't have been more different yet the stories were both framed similarly in three acts and focus on the taboo of same sex couplings. It jogs a lot of memories of pivotal moments from your childhood that shape you socially and sexually.

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★★

    “Whatever you imagine your life is going to be like, know your life is not going to be anything like that.”

    This is my favorite thing in 2017 so far. I'm a huge Beginners fan so I couldn't wait for this to be released in Chicago. Maybe it was the hopeless single mom vibe that really hit home. Not quite bohemian but accidentally the effect which my mom floundered in most of our lives together. Annette Benning is so perfectly lost, vulnerable and understated. It was breathtaking to watch. And there is nothing cooler than Greta Gerwig trying to make her way.

    Second review: boxd.it/dGujN