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  • American Assassin

    American Assassin

    ★★½

    To be fair...this is not my normal kind of movie. It is a summer action, big Hollywood situation. The fight choreography was fun and the story seemed timely in terms of radicalization of the white male. There is also a SUPER big/cool/wow explosion that is a nice payoff. In terms of this kind of fun though, give me John Wick or Atomic Blonde instead.

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★½

    It was very pretty to look at and fantastic worlds, but I just couldn't get behind the two main actors and their flat feeling performance. It did make me want to read the source material 💯 percent!

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  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★★½

    God what a treat to see this great story unfold. And Joaquin Phoenix was amazing. So far, one of the best films I've seen this year. I loved the soundtrack to boot. So happy I got to see this on 70 mm at Alamo Drafthouse as well. Beautiful!

  • Teenage Cocktail

    Teenage Cocktail

    ★★★★

    It's a brave new world filled with webcams, and Instagram filters, and this movie made me happy I did not have to deal with either during that murky coming of age timeframe.

    I loved seeing this during SXSW, but at a satellite venue outside of the main Fest area. Felt even more true somehow outside of "the bubble."

    Some twists that I don't really want to give away, but just know that what could have been exploitive is actually handled with care and in a way that felt appropriate. Casting is excellent overall and with Nichole Bloom and Pat Healy especially.

    Fest fave so far!