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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Hearing my mom say that this fully deserved to win Best Picture is the perfect ending to my week :)

  • The Benchwarmers

    The Benchwarmers

    ★★

    This was funny when I saw it back in 2006. That's because I was 13 and did stupid, juvenile things. I'm now 23 and have definitely matured since.

    I will however give props for this being a baseball movie that stresses that the sport should be just as if not more fun than solely competitive. Some little league organizations should take note of that. I'm in particular talking about you, Carlsbad Youth Baseball.

    P.S. Reggie Jackson starring in anything baseball-related is always a plus.

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  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    ★★★★½

    A poetic, insightful coming-of-age story into the darker, more mature obstacles that are sometimes battled during high school, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" is easily one of the best films of the year so far. Benefiting from three great lead performances by Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, and a scene-stealing Ezra Miller, in addition to sensitive direction and at times witty dialogue by writer/director Stephen Chbosky (who also wrote the book), this is one of those rare treats in the high school dramedy genre that is a fantastic trio hybrid of filmmaking elements, combined with the likes of John Hughes, Richard Linklater, and Alexander Payne.

  • The Way Way Back

    The Way Way Back

    ★★★★½

    "The Way, Way Back" may initially appear to be a predictable coming-of-age film from its previews, but it eventually evolves into a funny, emotionally realistic journey about a social outcast trying to find himself on a summer vacation he doesn't want to be part of. All the performances are great, but it's Sam Rockwell that stands out above everyone else. Rockwell is one of the most underrated actors working today, as he displays his trademark charisma and quick-witted energy in…