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  • The Boss Baby

    The Boss Baby

    ★★★½

    Still a super-weird movie, but I dig it. Love its more stylized dream sequences, its use of music, and there are some great lines I didn't pick up on the first time. Both straightforward and subversive, it's definitely worth a watch for how nuts it is.

  • Okja

    Okja

    ★★★

    Very odd tonal shifts. Great visual effects.

  • Molly's Game

    Molly's Game

    ★★★½

    Very Sorkin. Much Chastain. Solid, well-made (impressive for a directorial debut), obviously well-scripted with tit-a-tat banter. Loses some steam towards the end, but overall really good!

  • Krampus

    Krampus

    ★★★

    A solid, fun, wacky little Christmas fantasy-horror. It doesn't *entirely* work, but enough of it does that it's very entertaining. The second half is lots of fun once the creature design kicks into high gear, and I truly wish we got more of the nightmares terrorizing the family, as they're inventive & wonderfully realized. A great score by Douglas Pipes, moody cinematography, and one of the year's best opening title sequences.

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★½

    Well I adored this. Quiet, beautiful, thoughtful, introspective. A meditation on human relationships with each other & with the buildings in their lives.

  • The Breadwinner

    The Breadwinner

    ★★★½

    Sad & touching.

  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★½

    Goddamnit. History fucking repeats itself. Impressively timely.

  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    ★★★★

    So impressive, both in animation, adaptation, and design. An amazing score. Tons of fun.

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★

    Beautiful and sensual. Extremely del Toro, with storybook motifs sitting right alongside gore and darkness. So much COLOR, carried throughout every aspect of the wonderful production design. The cast is universally great, but Sally Hawkins is tremendous and a great window into this story.

  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★½

    Pretty, colorful, fun, emotional. Glad to see that Pixar realized Gerald was the real star of "Finding Dory" and gave his mannerisms & personality to Dante the dog for a starring role in this.

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

    Well this wildly lived up to the hype. Excellent all around: well-cast & acted; great script, pacing & direction; and multiple moments of heart-sinking dread.

  • Casper

    Casper

    ★★★½

    "Casper" is, to me, what "The Goonies" is to a lot of people: a children's adventure film that's inconsistent but ultimately moving. The production design is bananas-amazing, the score is top-tier Horner, and the quiet emotional musings on death are surprisingly touching and extremely melancholy for an otherwise slapstick-y kids movie. It's an extremely sad movie, and I'm very fond of it.