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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    Rewatching "Black Panther" really cemented a thought I had when reviewing it way back in February. On my first viewing I mentioned how "Black Panther" might have been the first MCU film that suffers from being part of the cinematic universe. This is not to say that it gains no benefits from it, but that for the first time one of these films has their emotional impact softened by the knowledge of it being a small part of something grander.…

  • Downfall

    Downfall

    ★★★★

    It is often quite difficult to be faced with the unassuming demeanor that pure evil can take form in. As a society we try to rationalize the dark side of humanity in very easily digestible thoughts. Someone that is objectively evil, must be so all the time and any portrayal that is even a touch less reflective of that thought, causes an uneasy reaction regarding our conceptions of right and wrong. "Downfall" is one such film that portrays one of…

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  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★★

    Taika Waititi hits another home run after last year's "What We Do in the Shadows". It is less laugh out loud than the mystical mockumentary, but it packs a much stronger emotional punch and overall shows just how comfortable Waititi is in finding levity in touchy subject matters. It is more comparable to his previous film "Boy" (which I very recently saw for the first time), but you can see how much Waititi is maturing in his direction and really…

  • Sing Street

    Sing Street

    ★★★★★

    I really did not expect to like this as much as I did. On paper this sounds like your run of the mill coming of age story, but it ends up being one of the best films of the year. The premise is incredibly simple but effective: In the middle of the 80's a teenager in Ireland starts a rock band to impress an older girl. With such a premise it could have been so easy to make a forgettable…