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  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    ★★½

    I feared that I'd grow tired of Jack Black, but I'm happy to announce that apparently, I am unable to grow tired of Jack Black. He gets the most fun out of the body swap comedy, but it's actually Dwayne Johnson whose casting is the most ingenious. Him proudly proclaiming that "I'm a nerd" literally made my day. Among all the hypermasculine actors working currently, he is the most self-aware, most naturally funny guy. Although I think Arnold Schwarzenegger is…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★

    The book made me roll my eyes so hard it cured my astigmatism, so I was quite surprised that I actually found the movie tolerable, although there's nothing saving the gratuitous pop culture references. But the characters are enjoyable, however one-note they mostly are. There isn't really any arc to Wade's sidekicks, and they literally have one joke each that gets repeated every time they are on screen. The actors make the most out of what's given to them, especially…

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  • On Body and Soul

    On Body and Soul

    ★★★★★

    What a beauty. Between this and Moonlight, I'm so glad we had two low-key stories about love that tell more with faces and expressions than with words. Borbély Alexandra and Morcsányi Géza are both fantastic. Borbély has a lot of responsibility in playing a character who's struggling with self-expression, and the small moments in which she slips up and lets an emotion flit across her face are incredibly powerful. I generally haven't had issues with the acting in Hungarian movies…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

    After mother! we got another movie that's chock-full of Biblical metaphors, but this time the metaphors are not the point, they're just a vessel. Yorgos Lanthimos mashes up the Biblical God with the gods of Greek myths to convey a story about how a toxic domestic atmosphere of lies and deceit can ruin a family.

    It's no surprise that Martin, the kid with godlike powers played by Barry Keoghan, loves Groundhog Day, a movie about an unexplained karmic power that…