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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    This is a hilarious movie that highlights the twisted ways people bristle against one another in relationships. The humor is dark, at times it feels hyperbolic but you will second-guess if it really is.
    The barbs exchanged by characters are a delight to behold, unloaded in the middle of tightly wound societal niceties. There feels to be an immense emotional truth in the meditation on how relationships negotiate and navigate power dynamics. How the understanding of what each partner wants/needs…

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    ★★★½

    Satisfying sequel to a classic.

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★★½

    I am under the impression my appreciation for The Last Jedi will increase with each viewing. A rare blockbuster that allows its protagonists to make egregious errors and witness the dire consequences. I found the bold decision to douse iconic & charming characters in moral greys a successful gambit. Confronting your mistakes, acknowledging the poor judgement, and learning from them is a wonderful and mature theme woven through the events of the movie. These steps towards humble humanization of legends in…

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★

    This movie is kind of a mess. It engages with sensitive topics of race relations and unaccountability among police with the subtlety of a bull in a china shop. It touches on them and breaks them open but quickly moves on to another adding nothing of value to the discussion. Some of it seems like ignorance of nuance, some feel like execution errors. There is a throughline of individuals who have violence acted upon them and perpetuate passing violence alongcontrasted…