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  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★★

    "It's like a death with no body"

    I've considered Baumbach to be one of the most interesting indie drama directors for a while now (mostly due to his piercing character writing), but with Marriage Story it seems he's graduated from the mumblecore and has begun filming from a perspective so personal that it's impossible for him not to self-align.

    I think it's an invaluable thing to be able to grow with your work, and have it reflect what you find…

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The catharsis Tarantino is reaching for with his hangout movie is slightly cheapened by the fact it’s two stories shopped into one. One is the story of Rick Dalton and his loyal stunt double Cliff Booth. The other being Sharon Tate’s cultural moment before her life was put in danger by The Manson Family.

    The way Cliff and Rick end up playing a part in the fictional retelling of the infamous night of August 9th, 1969 is a subversive twist…

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  • Cats

    Cats

    ★½

    Was quite excited for this when the trailer dropped. It looked strange and funny, yet dramatically engaging. After hearing people discuss their theatrical experience with it, I changed my optics. After, I just wanted to get drunk and laugh at it. Turns out I can't even do that, this isn't fun enough to be funny-bad. It's just bad-bad.

    The choreography and the weird, feline movements are actually quite interesting to watch. The VFX occasionally looks pretty great... But most of…

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Ultimate Cut

    Full of ideas, risks, and distorted mythology that has people still arguing over it years later. If you think that's a bad thing (regardless of whether you like the movie), I dunno what to tell you.

    BvS takes aim at so much that it's no surprise that it's to this day a #1 producer of nerd tears (I'm allowed to be mean cause I am one). The way media splits people into two camps, one of them always…

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    "I saw her for a last time. She did not see me."

    I often think of all the people throughout history that had no choice but to love in secret. Whose every day lives were weighed on by a repression that crushed their hearts and filled them with unspeakable resentment for a world that wasn't ready for them yet. It's solitude, and emotional torture. And all they could hope for was "in another life...".

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire…

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★★½

    Logan is everything the X-Men are about: family, hope, and the undeniably primal urge to protect our own. Its determination in showing nothing but respect to not just Wolverine, but what the group of characters mean in general, is staggering. You'll find a small dose of nostalgia, too. But not enough to make any of it sting any less.

    Hugh Jackman gives his best performance as Wolverine to date. He looks great and reminds me in every scene he's in…