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Demi has written 106 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Queen & Slim

    Queen & Slim

    ★★★½

    I think Melina Matsoukas is a visionary, and one of the best contemporary black artists making unapologetically black art. I’ve been so psyched to see what a film from her looks like, and am still psyched to see her take on Y: The Last Man next year, but... I feel like I was hoping for something a lot stronger from this film.

    It’s beautiful, the soundtrack is flawless, and there’s a shocking amount of big humor in the movie that…

  • Faces Places

    Faces Places

    ★★★½

    Cute and endearing, but I think the parts that are obviously over-dramatized really didn’t work for me. And once you get the crux of what this tour is going to be, it feels like you’re fighting against the urge to find it a liiiiiiiil tedious. But remember, I also called it cute and endearing!

  • Hustlers

    Hustlers

    ★★★½

    The fun parts are so great, the serious emotional parts didn’t land too hard for me, and the relationship dynamics between JLo and ConWu (workin on it) felt so malleable and quick-changing in the second half of the film. But this movie still rules. JLo is terrific, Keke Palmer is hilarious, Cardi B is perfect, and I would watch a full 2 hour film that was just a Linklater-style hangout movie in the dressing room of that strip club.

  • The Peanut Butter Falcon

    The Peanut Butter Falcon

    ★★★½

    if you ask my friends i watched the entire movie looking like that gif of Lenny at the awards show but inside i felt like a nice warm smile come to life! funny and nice and easy in a 2007 indie film kinda way, for better and worse! (give dakota johnson something interesting to do she deserves better)

  • Animals in Love

    Animals in Love

    ★★★½

    birds are fucking aliens. they're aliens that came to earth and just copied bugs to blend in. and they sound like old fucking computers. i won't be answering any questions about my sobriety at this time

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    Maybe it’s the lack of Tarantino-ness in this film that left me feeling underwhelmed but I didn’t feel particularly satisfied with this one. It makes me upset how hot Brad Pitt is though? So, that’s something.

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★½

    about 75 minutes in i looked at my phone to check the time and the reflection in my screen had more black people than all of Todd Haynes’s idea of New York in the 50s

  • Who You Think I Am

    Who You Think I Am

    ★★★½

    NZIFF FILM #11
    I went into this thinking “if this is a movie whose message is that it’s hard for women to age because their looks fade, and they’re using Juliette Binoche to say that... garbage.” Luckily, it’s a little bit more padded than that, and there’s an incredible tension built off of little more than Juliette Binoche’s facial expressions that pays off in a quietly satisfying (but not so wildly unpredictable) way. And god, is Juliette Binoche fucking incredible.

  • Tully

    Tully

    ★★★½

    MARLO: Holy shit, is that Tully? Tully!
    TULLY: Bro, no way!
    MARLO: No way– Tully! Babe, I gotta say "what up" to Tully.
    DREW: Okay.
    MARLO: Sweet. Hey– don't you two go falling in love
    while I'm gone. Like that'll happen!
    [Marlo runs off to Tully, leaving Drew to talk with Video Games]
    MARLO: Tully, you chode! I owe you a shot to the nuts!

  • Princess Cyd

    Princess Cyd

    ★★★½

    it’s a 90-min, practically-conflict-free movie about a horny bi teen and her successful writer aunt who teaches her about a love of the written word. it’s my bi writer girlfriend’s new favorite movie

  • Baraka

    Baraka

    ★★★½

    damn!!!! i hate being tricked by a movie into thinking i'm gonna see some stunning images of the magnificent nature of the world and its culture as they exist beyond my immediate surroundings but then bein forced to also see some images of the unnatural world as it now exists thanks to the manmade perversions war, pestilence, and capitalism have unleashed upon a once-natural land!! i fucking HATE it!!!

  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi

    ★★★½

    something very charming about an old man that only cares about one thing, even if he seems to be kinda shitty outside the one thing