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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★★

    Everyone wants 'fatality,' but I'm over here hollering for 'friendship.'

    It's big. It's often quite dumb. Underneath the scales, fur, fists, debris, neon lights, and outlandish vehicles, there is a story of heart that really beats true. No matter how silly, it's the entertainment partnered with that heart that people are responding to.

    This is why Godzilla and Kong will remain icons of cinema forever.

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★½

    Gorgeously shot, impeccably written, and disturbingly effective, Ken Russell's The Devils is one of those films that any film fan should see once. If not for an incredibly tense and screen devouring performance from Oliver Reed, then for the oddly delicate way that Russell keeps this film feeling that at any moment it could collide into pure chaos, but it never loses that sense of pinpoint accuracy at the messages and purpose of the film. It's a film where Russell's usual grandiose style IS the substance of its message about religion, state, humanity, and the absurdity of it all.

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  • Profile

    Profile

    ★★★

    An intriguing premise, based on true events from 2014, but Profile isn't quite the gut punch film it wants to be (or thinks it is). The two lead performances are solid enough and the manner that it toys with its audience making them believe that at any time the undercover journalist might succumb to the recruiting tactics feels a tad hollow. There's just not quite enough oomph in the drama and tension to pull that off and the film tends to drag in not punching some of the emotions forward. Still, an intriguing film and a big deviation for the director as a director.

  • Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture

    Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture

    ★★★

    It's a loose script with a lot of characters that are thinly veiled caricatures, but it's fun and there is just enough depth to get things rolling.

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  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    Fincher, you mad genius bastard! Only he could take a film like this and make into a riveting, roller coaster emotional thriller that has even the most intelligent of movie goer leaning whatever which way he wants them to go. It's intoxicating in its subtlety, brimming with impressive performances, and challenging in its delivery. Bravo, good sir.

  • Inside Out

    Inside Out

    ★★★★½

    Since Pixar decided to completely abandon creativity with their last two films, I was skeptical about Inside Out. However, this is easily one of my favorites that the studio has released and one of their most ambitious, unique, and creative films of their highly regarded catalog. It's both outrageously fun and horrendously sad (a key component to the theme of the film). I'm glad to see the studio producing films like this again. It comes highly recommended.