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  • His Girl Friday

    His Girl Friday


    Sharp, fast, witty. Talented acting, committed to the plot.

  • Ocean's 8

    Ocean's 8


    An enjoyable cast working together enjoyably.

  • Rampage



    Fun, popcorn action flick. I wanted it to be even sillier than it was. Malin Akerman and Jake Lacy seem to be leaning in the over-the-top direction I wish it went all-in on. But the effects are solid, the production is solid, and The Rock is always enjoyable.

  • Holiday



    Why had I never heard of this before?! Extremely enjoyable. (Purposely-sepia-toned nitrate print from UCLA, screened at the George Eastman Museum's Nitrate Picture Show).

  • Three Identical Strangers

    Three Identical Strangers


    I COULD NOT LOOK AWAY. Fascinating, shocking, and extremely cleverly put together.

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War


    Lots of feels. Impressive that it came together as well as it did, considering the insanity / characters / plot. But it kept me emotionally invested and tense from start to finish, and I give it a lot of credit for that. Do I think it benefitted from "event" status, the hype, and the secrecy? ABSOLUTELY. Do I think it'll work AS WELL in 10 years' time? Absolutely NOT. But what a fascinating cultural touchstone and moment in cinematic buildup.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther


    Even better the second time. Coogler is extremely impressive.

  • Lean on Pete

    Lean on Pete


    Quiet, moving, sad, hopeful. Fantastic performances, direction, cinematography. That sometimes sad-wistful feeling you get at dawn, where everything's quiet and there's both anticipation and a bit of dread.

  • Ex Libris: New York Public Library

    Ex Libris: New York Public Library


    I really respected it, but it was just too long for me. I wanted less watch-these-events-and-presentations and more how-does-the-library-work. There's a lot of amazing footage within -- the call center, the book return, the opening discussion of religion. It's exactly what it is; it just wasn't for me.

  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap


    One of those films that's hard to describe because it just exists, in its own world, as perfect and gorgeous as it is aching and upsetting. As much a love letter to skateboarding as it is a true depiction of growing up, a cry for help in American rust-belt cities, and an exploration of toxic masculinity.

    Impressively shot and edited, it's stuck with me every moment of every day since I saw it. An amazing achievement.

  • RBG



    A straightforward bio-doc, but an impeccably made one. Fascinating interviews, insight, and a fantastic portrait of a true American hero and champion of humanity.

  • Becoming Who I Was

    Becoming Who I Was


    Breathtaking cinematography. Lovely, melancholy story.