Jacob Hollis
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  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★★½

    This film emulates it’s subject well because I can’t really find any flaws with it. The entire audience laughed and cried throughout and this is pretty much as feel-good as a documentary can be. The legendary humanitarian and his revolutionary little show deserved a proper film and Morgan Neville’s filmmaking style fits this subject perfectly. The excellent footage often just speaks for itself and Neville makes wonderful use of the hundreds of hours he had at his disposal. The stories…

  • Apostle

    Apostle

    ★★★★½

    This is my fucking jam. Gareth Evans knows how to film an exhilarating action sequence. The visceral camerawork and gory violence from the Raid franchise can be seen here to satisfying effect. With stunning cinematography, a haunting score, excellent production design, and a constant sense of dread, you’ve got a makings of a horror classic. I find it fitting that I watched The Wicker Man (1973) for the first time earlier today, as this is basically that film on drugs.…

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★

    Seeing this for a second time just confirmed everything I felt before. I’m so upset that I don’t enjoy this film more because it clearly has so much potential. As a fan of horror, I love what Jordan Peele is attempting with this film and appreciate all the effort he’s put in through his use of excellent visual storytelling but I feel the film really loses its footing partway through. The final 20 minutes feel especially underwhelming all culminating to…

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★

    Like many, I was very much looking forward to seeing Us. Jordan Peele blew everyone away with Get Out and I’m really shocked to say that, in comparison, this film is a significant dip in quality. The performances are really memorable and engaging, with Lupita easily being my favorite part of the film. The cinematography was interesting throughout and I loved the film’s theme (Anthem), even though the rest of the soundtrack left a little more to be desired. I…

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  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★

    Every bit as disturbing as I was expecting it to be. I left the theater just so happy that I was able to see it in one. I wasn’t planning on settling for the R-rated edit of the film so seeing every bit of the gruesome murders made for a blast with an audience. Matt Dillon is just stellar as Jack. He’s intimidating and entirely psychopathic but I didn’t want to look away from him for a second. The filmmaking…

  • Cold Pursuit

    Cold Pursuit

    ★★★½

    I had a feeling from the trailer that this would be a little different from your standard Liam Neeson action movie but I was shocked to find how fun and creative this whole thing is. The narrative and tone really set this movie apart from other crime films. By focusing on such a large cast of characters and putting Neeson’s in the background for the latter half, I found the plot to be largely unpredictable because I had no idea…