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  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    ★★★★½

    "This movie only plays well for rich old white people!"

    Um no, it plays for those who have fallen in love, let love spin them dizzy, and gave love to everything and everyone around them.

    "This movie only works for women who've been hung up on guys for too long!"

    It works for those who know the value of sharing their lives with that one special person, and the mix of selflessness and reassurance that comes with it.

    "This movie…

  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    ★★★★★

    "Benjamin, we're meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are to us?"

    ...

    Earlier this year, I wrote a piece for the 10th anniversary of The Dark Knight, which focused on the film’s catalytic effect on my adult worldview. As resounding as it was in the summer of 2008, its effect on my life would be reduced to little more than a footnote just five months later. Some time after Christmas that…

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  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★★½

    I can't fully affirm my feelings on the overall quality of this, but then again, that's the thing about Shyamalan. His work is never easy, ultimately governed by his passion for the moments in between the expected thrills we expect from each genre he operates in. Glass exhibits more of Shyamalan's messy, uncommonly cathartic explorations of human weakness and strength, defined by an emotional chaos that brews beneath its quiet exterior. His narratives surrender themselves, for better or worse, to…

  • The Visit

    The Visit

    ★★★★

    Let's just say I haven't had an audible reaction to a jump scare since... I honestly don't remember, but good god almighty I've never been so alive for a Shyamalan joint. While The Sixth Sense and The Village are perhaps his most thematically resonant achievements, The Visit gets all the points for the devotion to the surface level creepshow that can be peeled back upon re-watch without disturbing everything that makes it such an immediate thrill. Shyamalan's deeply humanistic touch…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★★

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★

    Here's a superhero film that, for the first time in probably over a decade, doesn't try to prove anything, yet on almost every conceivable level, it proves quite a lot. Immediately, it proves that 3D animation is not bound to the funhouse photorealism of Pixar, DreamWorks, Illumination, and (you guessed it) Sony. It is possible to merge the fluidity of the digital with the imprecise beauty of hand-drawn figures, and with it, create a visual feast that is extravagant and…