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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    While most movies seek to embellish reality through constant dramatic flourishes, sometimes slavishly building on the lineage of their chosen genre, there is a smaller subset of films that challenge the typical characteristics of the type of story they’re telling. Bo Burnham’s directotial debut, Eighth Grade, is a coming of age story. While this is one of the most frequently revisited movie templates in existence, Burnham’s freshman effort differs from the wave of John Hughes inspired, bubbly portrayals of teen…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    The common understanding about how movie sequels progress is that in the best case scenario, there is a gradual case of diminishing returns. For whatever reason, the Mission Impossible series seems to be reversing that expectation, each sequel piling on increasingly creative and outrageously entertaining set-pieces. Mission Impossible: Fallout is arguably the highlight of the series thus far, further delivering breathless action with overwhelming technical proficiency and grace. While many of Fallout’s blockbuster cousins try to cut corners on their…

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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…