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  • Skate Kitchen

    Skate Kitchen

    ★★½

    It’s got a groovy, youthful, urban aesthetic but most of the film feels like an empty music video on repeat. The chemistry is solid and all the actors give authentic and promising performances but Skate Kitchen circles around and repeats the same story beats over and over.  There is simply not enough narrative meat to justify its lengthy run time and the film drags when it should be feeling youthful and energetic.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    After spending years in development hell, rapper-turned-director Boots Riley‘s dark satire Sorry To Bother You finally hit the big screen at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and quickly became one of the buzziest titles of the festival.

    Set in a not-too-distant-future of Oakland, the film follows Cassius (Lakeith Stanfield) and his activist girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson) as they try to save up cash with plans to finally move out of Cassius’ uncle’s garage. Cassius takes up a job as a…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Move over Lars von Trier, there is a new provocateur in town.

    Darren Aronofsky's latest film Mother makes a return to the psychological horror the director made a name of himself for with Black Swan, Pi, and most notably Requiem for a Dream.  Never one for subtlety, Aronofsky enters full-bore, envelope-pushing mode here and, in turn, creates one of the most ambitious and boldest films to be produced by a major studio this decade.

    Playing the role of Mother and…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★★

    Adapted from Jeff VanderMeer’s novel of the same name, Annihilation cements director Alex Garland as one of the most ambitious talents in contemporary sci-fi. Starring Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, and Benedict Wong, the film tells the story of Lena and Kane (Portman and Isaac, respectively), a military couple who become caught up in investigating a government-restricted ecological disaster zone titled “Area X,” where a series of mysterious events have been puzzling authorities for the past…