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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    So confidently economical in its storytelling.

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    Fiddler on the Roof

    ★★★★

    Holds up! Impressively directed with great acting and one helluvah soundtrack.

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    I was hoping to like this one, but I was not expecting to love it so much I actually physically wept from how utterly beautiful it is.

    Before you're like "Okay, calm down there, Matt" let me say: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the perfect blend of heart and comedy, song and score, comics-in-motion, with self-referential tear-downs that are also respectful of what emotional cores and beats work and have caused this character to now be in his seventh (!?!)…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★½

    Overall, to me it felt jam-packed but often empty. There are moments I liked, often in the real-world, but overall it just felt like something I'd seen before, but better elsewhere. Strong direction (especially during an early chase scene), a good Silvestri theme, and some lovely lighting. It's fine but not something I need to return to or would recommend rushing out to see.

    Maybe I'm just tired of movies about cis white guys being the main characters in a "save the world, get the girl" plot? Whatever the reason, it just wasn't for me.