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Demi has written 59 reviews for films rated ★★★ .

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

    ★★★

    I didn’t grow up with Mr. Rogers and only know him as a legendarily kind figure of great renown, so seeing him depicted doesn’t do much for me. I had this same sort of apathy issue with Won’t You Be My Neighbor? last year, which was sweet but largely ineffectual for me. I think where this one lost me just a little more is by casting someone as bombastic as Hanks as a quiet figure, because it just feels like…

  • The Craft

    The Craft

    ★★★

    God, the final act of this movie is truly so bad. But I still want to restate my desire to see an artsy remake a la Suspiria. Thank you.

  • You're Next

    You're Next

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    absolutely no offense intended but the main couple in this movie is so mismatched that the literal first moment we learned they were dating i said “mmm. ok, he’s the killer”

  • Vivarium

    Vivarium

    ★★★

    NZIFF FILM #9
    This movie was 97 minutes and it still felt like it was too long. A lot of intriguing and weird set-ups, some truly unnerving devices that make for great comedy, but it doesn’t build to anything of worth. Feels like it should’ve been a short. Imogen Poots tho... fuck, she’s great.

  • Non-Fiction

    Non-Fiction

    ★★★

    NZIFF FILM #6
    I’m bored of movies where directors wrestle with the encroachment of the digital age, like it’s a new concept people still haven’t settled with or like there’s many new things to say about how technology will change creative industries. But the conversations in this movie are at least fun to watch. The interpersonal antics, not so much. Not really sure what I’m supposed to gain from the intersection of romance and publishing here. Feels like a french Nancy Meyers film.

  • Black Mirror: Smithereens

    Black Mirror: Smithereens

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Didn't expect to see Topher Grace at all, much less have him be the best part of this episode, imo! I love the boy

    In my most generous reading here, this is a good episode because it's satirizing the entire perception of what Black Mirror is supposed to be. The episode plays out pretty much across the plate, as you expect it to, checking all the cliche boxes– technology kills, technology rules our world, we are all addicted and over-connected…

  • The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience

    The Lonely Island Presents: The Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience

    ★★★

    Didn't really work for me. :(

  • The Invitation

    The Invitation

    ★★★

    Genuinely shocked at the rollercoaster of ratings my subsequent viewings of this movie have taken me on, especially because this time it really reminded me of some bad student films I had to watch in Austin during college.

  • Green Book
  • Green Book

    Green Book

    ★★★

    i did not hate this movie as much as i thought i would! the entire ending is hokey garbage and there’s one scene with a cop that is so unnecessary it makes me think they took reshoot notes from an all-cop screening, but ali and mortensen are giving terrific performances. there’s little moments where the story becomes about how the two main characters have different approaches to prejudice based on their histories with it, and while it’s not handled at…

  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★★

    I love Adam McKay’s directorial style so goddamn much I don’t even care that he has no interest in subtlety. But honestly, maybe this movie doesn’t need it. Because by the final 20 minutes or so, everything has been so spelled out for the audience that there’s no room left for uncertainty, and every single person will walk out of the theater angry at the people who deserve it.

    The final scene of the movie is... a bit confusing in…

  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★

    i truly love everything else paul feig has made (bring back other space) but if it weren’t for Blake Lively (who– no exaggeration– would be getting a Best Supporting Actress nomination for this movie if it weren’t all over the place) this movie is... fine at best!

    but seriously... holy shit. Blake Lively is incredible.