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Demi has written 110 reviews for films during 2017.

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    The first five minutes of this film are dazzling. Beautiful, awe-inspiring, absolutely wondrous, inspirational science fiction. I might find myself watching that sequence over and over.

    And the following 34 minutes were all I watched before I decided to turn this off. Too many movies this year to take in 137 (??) minutes of this!

    EDIT: In the time since writing this, I've even had the epiphany that... I don't need to see any more movies this year. I'm gonna relax instead.

  • Mudbound

    Mudbound

    ★★★★

    There are a bunch of terrific performances, particularly from Mary J. Blige, Rob Morgan, and Jason Mitchell, but you've gotta sit through a very middling first hour to get to the part where it's worth it. And even when it is worth it, it's just building to the same type of climax any movie like this is building to, where the moral is "wow racism is awful and was a big cultural force in this era."

    I'm over watching black…

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    "We are what they grow beyond. That is the burden of all masters."

    (i became physically hot and subsequently bothered as fuck when Laura Dern called Oscar Isaac "impulsive" and "dangerous" that's the sexiest second of film in 2017)

  • Raw

    Raw

    ★★★★½

    "MASSEDUCTION / I can't turn off what turns me on "

    I can't believe this is a directorial debut. Between this, Edge of Seventeen, and Lady Bird, three of my favorite films of the past year or so have been coming-of-age directorial debuts written and directed by women– and it's certainly unfair to put Raw in the same league as those, because this movie does "coming-of-age" oh so differently, to greater effect. Julia Ducournau is brilliant, and Garance Marillier is incredible to watch as she physically embodies Justine's coming-of-age, completely in her acting. This movie is terrific.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★½

    if you REALLY wanna see the killing of a sacred deer, you should watch Get Out

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★

    When the movie ended I looked up the director and learned that he's a guy who made a name for himself by making video essays on auteurs, and let out a deep sigh because, of course he is.

    The cinematography of this film is far more interesting than the ultra-mundane story or characters attached to it. Haley Lu Richardson, John Cho, and Parker Posey deserve better!

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★

    I've never related so much to a character's quietly-building anxiety as I related to Jennifer Lawrence in the first hour of this film. It made me angry and upset and frustrated to watch. The second hour.. is absolutely batshit insane. It made me angry and upset and frustrated in completely different ways. This film is a nightmare come to life– and I mean that as a compliment. It truly feels like imagery and feelings pulled out of a terrible sleep and attached to an allegory that may be obvious, but still really worked for me. Incredible.

    Also, fuck those last 10 minutes.

  • Bright

    Bright

    People are trying to defend this movie by saying "at least it's ambitious." It's not ambitious in any sense. It's formulaic, predictable, and terribly written by filling in the blanks to a million other cop movies, but with "Cop #2" find-and-replaced by "orc."

    The dialogue is awful, the movie has the subtlety of a firework, it's shot poorly, the magic in the world has absolutely no rules to it and is wasted in this universe as a macguffin– even the…

  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    ★★

    30 MIN IN: Hey, conceptually, this is pretty good! Seems like a broad take on a smart sci-fi satire idea, but still not sure why people hate this!

    60 MIN IN: ... oh

    120 MIN IN: ......................................... oh.

  • Coco

    Coco

    ★★★★

    I cried at like 6 different scenes in this movie. Coco is beautiful.

    Even within the Pixar formula, you can predict almost every beat of the story from only minutes in, and every emotion still hits so hard. No other Pixar film has moved me as much as this one did. I couldn't stop thinking about how incredible it would've been to see a film like this when I was young, or how I would've loved to see a live-action…

  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★★★

    Bumping it up to 5/5 stars because this movie is the only movie of the year that I've insisted on rewatching so many times, and it's the only movie this year that pulls every emotion out of me so early on, and still manages to magnify it by ten in later scenes. The script is so great, and so is every single one of the four principle actors.

    Tonya Harding's character is so especially well-crafted, as it's a film that…

  • The Post

    The Post

    ★★★★

    Well-crafted, timely, and expertly-directed... but also, just kinda... there? Streep is terrific, but she's so divorced from the action and the part of the movie Spielberg really wants you to be attached to. Tom Hanks is great. Odenkirk, Coon, Brie, Cross– everyone is absolutely nailing their roles here. The macro shots of the paper being printed are so scintillating, I wish it didn't just come in near the end. The ending hints at a future event in a way that…