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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    After seeing this movie, it’s clear to me that many of the people that describe the suspense and agonizing stress in this film are hyperbolizing and caught up in the hype. That is not to say, however, that they are totally wrong. From the onset, Uncut Gems raises the stakes, and every new piece of information and event brings with it another layer of tension. The last thirty minutes of the film will have you on the edge of your…

  • Ride Your Wave

    Ride Your Wave

    ★★★★

    If you somehow learn about this film without seeing any promotional material, I strongly implore you to go in blind. It’s a fine film with some off pacing and developments toward the end. Still, Ride Your Wave offers an excellent emotional foundation, incredibly stylized animation, and the catchiest five second opener to a song that you will ever hear twenty times in an hour.

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★★★½

    Jojo Rabbit is a stupendous movie about growing up, moving past childhood naïveté and opening up to the world around you. I was shocked and amused to see Taika Waititi go all-out on the Nazi Germany premise, which he utilizes to its fullest absurdity. The film almost flawlessly pivots between excellent comedy, underlying tragedy, and studied character drama—perhaps one of the best example being Jojo’s second-best friend Yorki and his unfurling escapades—with a few hiccups along the way. Many scenes also feel distinctly Wes Anderson-esque. Inspiration is cool to a point, but some scenes were definitely toeing that line.

  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★

    This film tastefully touches on bullying, redemption, and the feeling of being a social pariah. It's also flawlessly animated with a strong emotional core comprising the bulk of the story. My only reservations with this film are with regards to many characters who feel introduced, briefly utilized, and then put aside for the sake of the plot.