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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    Ari Aster’s directorial debut begins with the spitting image of Kubrikian precision, a methodical camera push where we inch ever closer to a methodically crafted home in minature. As the camera creeps forward into a single room of this diorama, the scene seamlessly blends into the actual home of the Graham family, revealing the bedroom of the high-school aged Peter (Alex Wolff). This moment of filmic magic is not only impressive to behold, but also clues us in that there…

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    It’s no secret that Solo went through a somewhat disastrous production process, much beloved directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord sacked for “creative differences”. This heavy handed management of the brand, combined with a limiting premise, seemed to doom Solo from the start. The good news is that the result isn’t nearly as much of a calamity as many expected. The bad news is that Solo is the epitome of average, tying together enough fun moments to somewhat, but not…

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    Get Out is an exceedingly tightly plotted horror-comedy that manages to simultaneously be a scary self-parody, and a poignant social commentary.

    One of the most commendable attributes of Get Out is its meticulously crafted screenplay. Every line has purpose, whether that purpose is foreshadowing future events, a double meaning that can only be understood once the full picture is clear, or framing the characters. All of the film’s twists are hidden in plain sight, disguised in double entendres and visual…

  • John Wick: Chapter 2

    John Wick: Chapter 2

    ★★★★

    What a wonderful cacophony of violence.

    The first John Wick movie was a great surprise, a tightly knit series of gunfights and well-choreographed action. It took small jabs at the standard revenge premise, while simultaneously imbuing the mayhem with emotional heft.

    However, that was only the beginning for Chad Stahelski and friends, and in John Wick Chapter Two they somehow managed to one-up the original with a series of absurdly cool action vignettes tied together by captivating world building.

    One…