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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    There is so much to love about this film. The wonderful and complex characters, which include one of the MCU's best villains and a lead with a very unique background and personality. The entire cast was brilliant. The story is basically told through several characters, their roles, how their beliefs are challenged, and how they react to those challenges. It may seem simple but it's very hard to do well. Ryan Coogler did an excellent job in the way he…

  • Hail, Caesar!

    Hail, Caesar!

    ★★★

    It's... ...complicated. As with any Coen brothers movie, there's more here than meets the eye. However, for me, there was some connective tissue missing here that kept this film from really being satisfying.

    The old school Hollywood homages/satire were really enjoyable and the ability of the Coens to place the audience in the spirit of a moment in time is unmatched. The performance by Brolin is particularly good and Clooney holds his own as always, delivering one of the best…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I guess this is my Moonlight of 2017 because much like my problems with that film last year, I just did not get this film either. While the main character of Elio in this film is a far better and more well developed character than Chiron was in Moonlight, the overarching romance of this film just did not work for me for a number of reasons.

    The age difference (while not the whole thing) was certainly part of my problem…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    About three quarters of the way through the movie I thought, why am I so unbelievably invested in this story? There is almost every reason for me not to be. It's weird. It's slow. It's about dress making. Still, I was charmed in every way by this film. Daniel Day Lewis commands your attention every second he is on screen. While I haven't loved everything Paul Thomas Anderson has ever done this film was fantastically crafted and I enjoyed every minute of Phantom Thread.