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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★★

    This whole thing hinges on the violence and the humor, so if you're into those two things (I was!) you'll be into this movie. Ryan Reynolds comedies hardly ever land with me (I don't really care for his snarky delivery) but it works SO WELL with this character, I couldn't see another actor pulling it off nearly the same way. This is the part he was born to play, and watching a performer completely own a role is always a joy as an audience member.

  • My Life as a Zucchini

    My Life as a Zucchini

    ★★★★

    Weird (but whimsical) animation and a really strong script full of profound bits of insight and dialogue help elevate what could be a maudlin movie about healing and family. While the film never goes *too* deep into the darkness, we mostly float along through areas of gray, until the finale, when the movie (like life) just kind of moves on. Pretty wonderful stuff, especially doubly-impressive for being kid appropriate.

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  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    Disquieting and stilted dialogue + shots that are framed and tracked so well that they would make Kubrick blush + a violent (often explosive) string score + a self-contained world that operates with Lynchian nightmare logic = one strange, haunting, and (occasionally) funny movie. While it sometimes drags its feet, moving along at glacial speeds, it is all in service to the mounting tension and sense of dread that dominates this amoral morality play. And to stick with the allusion, like a glacier too, the ending to it was eventually unstoppable. An unsettling experience, sure, but it is one with merit.

  • Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs

    Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs

    ★★★½

    Aside from the copious amounts of UFO footage, the real star of this documentary is its subject - an enigmatic and charming (if not slightly-unhinged) man obsessed with horror movies and the strange lights he's been filming in the sky. My favorite docs are always about people - focusing in on the infinitely complex way they try to fit into the world - and in that regard, Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs certainly resonated with me.