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  • Elevator to the Gallows

    Elevator to the Gallows

    ★★★½

    Really tightly-wound and well-paced French noir with a few notable shots and beautiful lighting. The ending is unsatisfying but that's only because it feels so normal and flat when compared to the rest of the well-developed, tense screenplay. Louis Malle was only 24 when he made this which is honestly a crime in of itself.

  • Kong: Skull Island

    Kong: Skull Island

    ★★★

    Super fun old-school adventure flick with modern stylistic sensibility and a mythic '70s soundtrack. The pacing is a little wonky, I really only cared about two characters and the stakes never feel very high, but it's a great amusement park ride.

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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

    Breakfast at Tiffany's

    ★★

    Everyone who tacks up an obligatory poster of this film in their dorm room to establish that they're both cultured and messy and also probably loved Amelie is boring, this movie is boring, Mickey Rooney in yellow-face is so horrible it's unwatchable. Good set design.

  • Fifty Shades Freed

    Fifty Shades Freed

    ½

    I saw this tequila-drunk and without any knowledge of the story of the previous two movies, but my inability to make sense of the plot here had nothing to do with a lack of prior-knowledge or an abundance of alcohol. There is no A-Plot, at least not until the last twenty minutes; there is no rhyme or reason to the way plot lines are picked up and immediately abandoned without any resolution. All of the sex scenes are so mind-bendingly vanilla I'm confused why anyone thinks these books are hot. This film is missionary position.