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  • Hearts Beat Loud

    Hearts Beat Loud

    ★★★★

    A movie like this lives or dies on the music. This one lives and I was bewitched by its low-key charms.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★

    This sure has a lot going on. Maybe too much.

    There are some genuinely inspired moments and keen cultural observations, but it collapses under the weight of too many disparate ideas and poor pacing.

    This film made me wonder if a little absurdist surrealism goes a long way. After a while it becomes tedious and by the end when the movie gets super weird I wasn’t sure if the audience was supposed to be concerned for the safety of our…

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★★½

    I was able to appreciate the film for what it was on the second viewing. I still think it’s overstuffed and I wish it were shorter, but what can you do?

    Finn and Rose’s side quest largely amounts to nothing character or plot wise, and contributes to the film’s pace slowing at the hour mark. I think the film could be improved with some careful editing to bring the running time down from 152 min to 130 min and I…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★½

    Gorgeous but ultimately hollow. If only the movie were as engaging as the production design. 


    BLADE RUNNER 2049 is a terrific world expansion that is a lavishly realized love letter to the original. Unfortunately, it's also a bit of a cold slog. I was into it at the beginning, but about halfway through I checked out. It's hard to get too involved with dour characters who are so emotionally distant and don't seem to want to change. There's been a…