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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

    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

    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

    ★★★½

    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

    ★★★★½

    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

    ★★½

    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

    ★★★★½

    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

    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

    ★★★½

    Breathtaking cinematography. Lovely, melancholy story.