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  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties

    How to Talk to Girls at Parties

    ★★½

    Took a while to get going, but it hits the emotional beats it needs to and in the build up JCM's camera, the closeness, the colors, the atmosphere are do enough to remain compelling until the more raw aspects are able to shine.

    This thing should theoretically hit all my check boxes for a strong 3.5 rating in the sense that it is not only a coming of age film involving aliens that doesn't settle for easy answers and also features a stunning performance from #TeamElle, so in that sense it's slightly disappointing, but there's a lot to admire, especially as it approaches its conclusion.

  • The Misandrists

    The Misandrists

    ★★½

    It walks a thin line (sometimes too thin) between sincerity and satire, though as an examination/critique of exclusionary feminism I think it hits the mark when calling for a more accepting and inclusive understanding of both gender and sexual identity. A lot of thoughts to work through, but these mini-responses aren't the place for that.

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  • The Post

    The Post

    ½

    Toothless, bland, dull, heavy handed without actually having much to say. Just Spielberg being Spielberg.

  • Son of Saul

    Son of Saul

    ★★

    Still wrestling with parts of this, but my biggest hurdle is distinguishing how much I admire it and how much I actually like what the film is doing or the ideas at which it probes. The first portion I can answer pretty confidently, the visual style serving to accentuate the experience and give the viewer a closeness to Saul and his thought process, while also kind of carrying us through the film, the second portion I'm less sure about. The…