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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    You can tell Debra Granik wants to capture her characters in the most raw and natural state as possible. This makes for characters and relationships that feel lived in, something that feels uninteresting at first but powerful and effective in the end. The lack of editing, plot, and exposition somehow makes for an even more poignant statement on homelessness than you'd expect. Like Winter's Bone, the effect of the movie takes a while but it hit me in the end.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★½

    Original and wacky. Ill happily accept more dark comedies about the crushing world of capitalism. Lakeith Stanfield and Armie Hammer are terrific. It's clear that Boots had a vision and he directs it well. It isn't until around the third act that things start to fall apart. Just as the commentary finds its focus, it loses its attention in favor of trying to make a statement about as much as it possibly can. The third act really comes off as…

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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★½

    In high school, I was a big fan of the Deadpool comic books. That makes sense because the comics didn't take themselves too seriously and I was at the point in my life where irony began to consume my brain. Amongst the DP comics, each series had a different take on how the character of Deadpool should be played (you learn to love or hate the writers). The comics jumped from completely cartoon parody to middle of the line to…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★

    I'm uncomfortable!!! Just when I thought Annihilation would have the best nightmare imagery of 2018... Ari Aster really knows how to mess with the viewer. This is two hours of nerve-wracking dread. I'm still foggy on a lot of the plot elements but that may be what's helping to evoke that dread: the fear of the unknown. I also got a feeling of similarity while watching this (remember The VVitch?).