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  • Disobedience

    Disobedience

    ★★★½

    Really not sure how I feel about this movie. I enjoyed large segments of it, including especially the relationship between the two Rachel's and its intensely solemn religious sequences, yet at other points, such as that cringeworthy ending sequence, it seemed like part of a different movie.

    This is a film that needed to properly address what type of story it was trying to tell. At times, it uses an arthouse approach, while at others, it becomes much more melodramatic.…

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★½

    In February 2016, the original Deadpool blew away both box office and critical expectations. Though one of the lesser-known comic book characters to the general public, audiences ate it up, appreciating the film’s wise-cracking antihero, its self-aware referentiality, and some cartoonishly over-the-top violence. Though the film has since seen its share of detractors, it still mostly holds up as one of the more distinguishable superhero entries.

    As a result of its flowering success, a sequel was of course inevitable. And…

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  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★★

    There's a book I read a few years back about screenwriting, called Save the Cat. The book's title refers to the idea that, if you have your protagonist do something heroic such as save a helpless feline, then that adds a dimension of likability to the character that allows the audience to become invested. 

    Such an aspect happens on multiple occasions throughout American Honey. Our protagonist named Star, played by Sasha Lane, is a troubled yet warmhearted young girl, who…

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    ★★★★

    Warmly acted, dazzlingly bright, and bursting with childlike wonder, Fantastic Beasts is an exuberant addition to the already vast world of Harry Potter. With inklings of the wider Potter world, while also being an interesting and engaging story on its own, the film is exactly what prequels and spinoffs should strive for.

    Highlights of the film include a breakout performance as a bumbling sidekick by Dan Fogler, a charmingly befuddled Hugh Grant-like performance by Eddie Redmayne, and a delightful presence…