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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.

  • 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 (!?!)…

  • McQueen

    McQueen

    ★★★

    A bit dizzying in its introduction, but the real star here are the clothes & amazing runway shows. A very effective finale.

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★½

    Tense, with good world-building. Like a baby “Signs” (I mean that as a compliment). I don’t think every part successfully sticks to the rules, but it’s a good ride and very well-done.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    A wicked, sumptuous delight. Three amazing performances, prominent music, a great script... and Horatio, the fastest duck in the city!!!!! 🦆

  • The Old Man & the Gun

    The Old Man & the Gun

    ★★★★

    Immensely charming. Excellent performances, an easy-breezy pace while still engaging. I just really love David Lowery’s sensibilities.

  • The Nun

    The Nun

    ★★½

    Some good moments in an otherwise ho-hum film. I was hoping it would go even more stylish & more stylized. The mist-and-cross-filled hallway and the ringing bells were the best parts.

    Also we had a memorable screening where a patron was thrown out for being a nuisance.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    Weird as hell. Artistic, wacky, entertaining, shocking and timely. A huge WTF that's also entertaining. I'm not sure it 100% sticks the final landing, but it's ambitious as hell.

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

    Ralph Breaks the Internet

    ★★★

    An enjoyable romp with a very good message about friendship, held hand-in-hand with a LOT of branding and tongue-in-cheek ribbing of Disney properties (while simultaneously encouraging you to buy more of them). It’s fascinating, but enjoyable. Good performances, a great score by Jackman.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★½

    Even better the second time: some of the rough edges smoothed out & prodded at me less this time around. Super solid.

  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★½

    Gripping, with excellent performances. An artsy heist flick and excellent, fully-realized characters.