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  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • True Stories
  • Silence
  • Malcolm X

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★★★

  • 2046

    ★★★★★

  • The Disaster Artist

  • Under the Silver Lake

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  • After Yang

    After Yang

    ★★★★★

    Gorgeous sights and sounds. One of the most visionary and compelling sci-fi films of the last few years.

    The story is humanist and so gently explores the beauty within all facets of the human experience. These feelings are so strong that even the robotic characters may go against their nature to instead express genuine love, joy, sorrow, and curiosity.

    Truly loved everything about this. Mitski being featured in the film’s soundtrack was a nice surprise.

  • X

    X

    An absolute blast. Mia Goth is unreal. Jenna Ortega is a bonafide fucking scream queen. The editing is so snappy, the direction from Ti West is bold and disarming. The scares are jolting, and the kills are visceral. 

    The first act goes on just long enough so that we are endeared to the characters without boring the audience who came for the thrills. And once first blood is shed, X does not slow down for a minute.

    We know the…

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  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    ★★★★★

    Prisoner of Azkaban stands above the rest of the franchise both narratively & stylistically. Columbus, Newill, and Yates each brought a certain sensibility which aptly fit the stories they told, but Cuarón has a hold over the craft few directors can manage.

    The dialogue scenes between Professor Lupin & Harry are standouts. This series is a testament to how seasoned actors can give confidence to younger performers, as Radcliffe continues to get better, going toe to toe with someone as talented as David…

  • 2046

    2046

    ★★★★★

    Works infinitely better when you’re more familiar with Wong Kar-wai’s past films, especially Days of Being Wild and In the Mood For Love. I didn’t grasp a lot of the connective tissue between those movies the first time I saw this. Now, it feels like the bold, ambitious, and incredibly rewarding culmination of everything he had done before.

    One of his most visually stunning films, and it has such an impressive cast. Loved it even more this time around.

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    “Remember, what makes you different is what makes you Spider-Man.” 

    It is crazy to me that we’re in a year where Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War came out and this Sony animated film is the best superhero movie I’ve seen in 2018. It’s difficult to collect my rambling thoughts about how much I loved this film so this review won’t be very analytical. 

    Everything about this movie was so fresh, beautiful, and fun. The story was suprisingly mature for…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★★

    “Anybody accidentally kills anybody in a fight, they go to jail. It’s called manslaughter.” 

    Tarantino has done it again. Every component from cinematography, lighting, soundtrack, direction, editing, writing, pacing, tone, and especially the acting is totally phenomenal. This was my first time seeing a Tarantino film in theaters and that was such a lovely experience. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt should really just get a joint Oscar for this one, their chemistry is perfect and each of them is so…