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  • Early Man

    Early Man

    ★★★

    Charming, if slight. Lower-tier Aardman, but still well-made and somewhat-goofy fun. OMG THAT DUCK THO <3.

  • The Love Witch

    The Love Witch

    ★★★½

    Beautiful, weird, and a singular vision, start to finish.

  • Ingrid Goes West

    Ingrid Goes West

    ★★★

    It's an extremely well-made, we-acted, well-shot film that wildly stressed me out and exemplified 85% of the reasons I hate social media.

  • The Dressmaker

    The Dressmaker

    ★★★½

    Delightful and wicked. I'm always in for highly-designed, well-staged, heightened-reality dark romp. Toss in a gorgeous Kate Winslet, a surprisingly charming (and scrummy) Liam Hemsworth, some fantastic costumes, and a supporting cast rounding out all the oddballs of the town, and this was right up my alley.

  • The Cloverfield Paradox

    The Cloverfield Paradox

    ★★

    Disappointing and disjointed. Nothing amounts to much, the cast is wasted, and the B-plot is virtually pointless.

    PROS: A great cast (even though they're wasted), a good Bear McCreary score, and some bright-and-colorful lighting design.

    Otherwise, it's definitely a huge waste of the Cloverfield name and the possibilities it sets up.

  • Winchester

    Winchester

    ★½

    Disappointing in every way. It gets 2 stars for having the building blocks and giving itself good pieces, but then it doesn't have any idea what to do with any of those pieces.

  • The Square

    The Square

    ★★★½

    Lots of thoughts. While an amusing satire about the overly-puffed-up world of modern art, it's actually more about how and when humans "help" one another. When they ask for help, when they're willing to help, and what help they expect from others. I'll definitely spend a lot of think thinking about those concepts.

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    Even better the second time around. So sensual, so dreamy, so lovely.

  • Waiting for Guffman

    Waiting for Guffman

    ★★★½

    It's really just an impressive, impressive work. Both about community theatre AND small town dynamics/government/events. It's been over 10 years since I had last seen this and I connected even harder with it this time around. A very fun revisit, and some truly fantastic performances.

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★

    Dealing with other human beings is extremely difficult. All they want is affection, and validation, and to take time away from the important work.

    Maybe this is why I don't like mushrooms?

  • Pass Thru

    Pass Thru

    ½

    Neil Breen achieves another monumental mindwarp with "Pass Thru." There's time-travel, aliens, mass genocide, the usual mix of under-and-over acting to great groaning-entertainment, and a tiger (who gets second billing!). I cannot imagine watching this alone, but with a great group to share it with it's truly a singular vision and sure is something to behold. ALL HAIL BREEN. #notacult

    Isn't that corruption?!

  • Mary and the Witch's Flower

    Mary and the Witch's Flower

    ★★½

    Some really nice bits, ideas, and imagery throughout. Some great creature design, and a few exciting broom-flights. But overall oddly paced, largely inconsequential, and kinda boring. A good dulcimer(?)-heavy score and some GREAT sound design. Really wanted to like it more than I did.

    David Ehrlich has a really great review for IndieWire on why it's still a notable achievement, even though it's a "Ghibli knockoff"

    [We saw the subtitled version]