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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
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  • Wounds

    ★½

  • Daydream Nation

    ★★

  • Charlie's Angels

    ★★½

  • Girl on the Third Floor

    ★★★

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  • Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always

    ★★★★

    A-

    Never Rarely Sometimes Always gets its title from a scene that occurs halfway through the film’s running time. In a gradually more agonizing conversation with a Planned Parenthood counselor which unfolds over the course of ten minutes, we learn what might have led to Autumn’s unwanted pregnancy.

    “Your partner has made you have sex when you didn’t want to? Never. Rarely. Sometimes. Always.

    The question is all the more jarring because it’s one of the few instances, perhaps the…

  • Run Lola Run

    Run Lola Run

    ★★★★★

    A

    For anyone that’s wanted to go back and change crucial moments in their life, which is pretty much everyone, Run Lola Run provides an ideal experience. As written and directed by Tom Tykwer, the German thriller combines standout performances with an invigoratingly relentless pace and a killer soundtrack to create a movie that functions as both a music video and a deeply philosophical exercise.

    After an animated credits sequence, and an extended prologue that preppers in existential questions, the…

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  • Wounds

    Wounds

    C-

    Armie Hammer unclenches his jaw and swallows someone whole, though probably not in the way most fanfiction writters would like, at the very end of Wounds—a limp horror movie which requires the audience to spend too long with an odious central character, and a fairly flat lead performance, for no payoff.

  • Daydream Nation

    Daydream Nation

    C

    There’s an industrial fire that’s constantly raging in the background.

    There’s a serial killer on the loose, picking off his victims unimpeded.

    There are widowers, doing their best to move on from heartache.

    There are two kids that wander off to hang out in the woods.

    There is a teenager. He takes some drugs, leading to a near-death experience in which he claims to have experienced divinity.

    There is a lot happening in Daydream Nations, title cards and digressions…

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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    A-

    “You have to move on.”

    This is a sentiment that Avengers: Endgame expresses through loss, triumph, and a number of callbacks which will be enjoyed even by someone moderately familiar with the sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe. Packed with genuine surprises, and unafraid of emotion, Endgame is a gigantic improvement over Infinity War—it’s as good as a film like this could be. And in the end, that’s pretty damn good.

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    A-

    “Do they know... Do they know I'm black?“ Chris asks Rose, his girlfriend, with more than a hint of trepidation.
    “No." Rose responds, incredulous. “Should they?“

    That last question follows Chris Washington for almost the entire duration of "Get Out", a perfect blend of scares and social commentary from first-time director Jordan Peele. Chris is set to meet Rose's parents after dating her for about six months. His girlfriend is quick to assure him that though her parents are…