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  • Monos

    Monos

    ★★★★½

    There's a shot in which we see two rivers joining to become one; one is cloudy with dirt while the other is clear, but after combining into one the clear water disappears. It's a beautiful and subtle metaphor for the way that war (and violence more generally) clouds everything, destroying the beauty of nature.

    This movie reminded me a lot of a Terrence Malick movie: the way there is so much focus on the tactile, feet in mud, hands in…

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  • Knightriders

    Knightriders

    ★★★½

    This is such an odd one. Obviously it's absurdly overlong–you can't make a movie about a renaissance fair group that rides motorcycles and make it 2.5 hours long. The pacing is also really weird, and sadly Ed Harris's plot was far less interesting to me than many of the other characters in the ensemble plot. "King" William comes off as obnoxious and unlikeable, which definitely drains most of the power of the finale of the film. As someone who decidedly…

  • Shocker

    Shocker

    ★★★

    If this was 20 minutes shorter it would be fantastic. There are a bunch of wildly entertaining sequences that range from bold and bloody to cartoonishly bizarre. There's the ghost girl shooting a chest laser, Mitch Pileggi hamming it up while body hopping, a little girl driving a bulldozer. This would make a great Halloween group viewing movie, but you really could shave off nearly everything that happens prior to Pinker getting arrested and the movie would have all of the punch without dragging.

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

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

    A deeply unsatisfying end to both the trilogy and the Skywalker saga.

    (HEAVY SPOILERS)

    WHAT I LIKED

    –I was hit emotionally by a lot of the nostalgia bombs aimed directly at me (Chewie's reaction to Leia's death, Chewie getting his medal, anything around Leia, the Jedi voices, etc.)

    –Keri Russell's character was a welcome addition to the cast, with a cool costume design to boot, even if her main purpose is to ensure we know that Poe is heterosexual (boo).…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

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

    “Is it more tragic or less tragic because they know what is going to happen to them, and they’re powerless to stop it?”
    I was worried that the power of the film wouldn’t hold up as much on a second viewing, when the shocks are expected, but that wasn’t the case at all. It wasn’t as surprising as the first time, but it was just as scary, and actually more interesting the second go round.