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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★½

    It's fine. A week in the life of a bus driver who is powerfully content (numbingly so) and his wife who is powerfully ambitious (annoyingly so) is about as ordinary as it sounds. The poetry is interesting, the relationship is sweet, and this role goes a long way in displaying Adam Driver's range when contrasted with such films as Star Wars and Silence.

    It's a perfectly fine movie. But if I read another review claiming it's about the "brave" decision to get out of bed and go to work every day, I'll throw up.

  • Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    Hunt for the Wilderpeople

    ★★★★

    Quirky, but in a really endearing way. Every character is fun, they make you love and care for them. And I feel like there is a lot of rewatchability to this.

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  • The Lego Batman Movie

    The Lego Batman Movie

    ★★★★

    I thought a lot about this star rating. If I'm going just by my reaction to the first 20-minutes, it's easily a 4-1/2 and maybe pushing a 5 if it keeps up it. But alas, it didn't.

    Don't get me wrong, it stayed entertaining but everything we learn in the first act basically remains predictably the same until the conclusion. So, a lot of filler. But pretty funny filler. I was waiting for some kind of real life dimension to…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    I was so completely mesmerized by this movie that I didn't even realize I had finished my popcorn until my hand reach for the bottom of the bag. Villenueve creates such intrigue with every aspect of this movie; the reveal, the language barrier breaking, the twist, the political and international disagreements, etc. Amy Adams most definitely deserves an Oscar nod for this performance.

    The most clear theme is that of the importance of language, but the thing which impressed me…