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  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Harakiri
  • Sicario
  • Tampopo

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  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★★★½

  • RRR

    ★★★★★

  • Blackhat

    ★★★½

  • Miami Vice

    ★★★★

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    There was a great podcast interview last year with Edgar Wright and Quentin Tarantino discussing their favorite moments in a movie theater. 

    Quentin talked about what it was like seeing The Matrix opening night when no one knew what they were about to watch. He described walking out of the theater knowing movies would never be the same from that point forward.

    I felt that 20 minutes into this movie.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★★

    *chef's kiss*

    I thought The Grand Budapest Hotel was the perfect encapsulation of Wes Anderson's work up to that point.
    If that was a demonstration, then The French Dispatch is a flex.

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  • Miami Vice

    Miami Vice

    ★★★★

    Sometimes after a long day at work, you just want to vibe out and take it to the limit one more time.

  • Drag Me to Hell

    Drag Me to Hell

    ★★½

    The horror set pieces here are more what I was looking for from MoM: classic Raimi impressionistic filmmaking in service of gross-out body horror.

    Unfortunately, each of those moments are couched between the most banal scenes filled with paper thin characters spouting mechanical dialogue so cliche that it could almost pass for farce.

    Overall, more frustrating than fun. The best moments are worth just watching on YouTube.

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  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★½

    Yikes.

    I think Edgar Wright is one of the most talented directors of his generation, but the quality of his screenplays are entirely dependent on who he’s writing with. With that in mind, this might actually be the worst script of his career. It’s messy, tone-deaf, and honestly feels wrong-headed at parts.

    But again, the direction is on point.
    The music is great.
    And although they aren’t given much to work with, the acting is stellar. Anya lends her charisma…

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★

    It definitely delivers.

    The Batman is a great detective noir with heavy influences from Se7en and Zodiac. Reeves totally nails the tone of the comics through the use of Batman’s inner monologue; something I've been sorely missing until now.

    The chemistry between Pattinson and Kravitz is electrifying. 
    Farrell steals the show (as usual).
    Andy Serkis is also a genius for being the first person to ever ask, “What if Alfred, but sexy?”

    The story is engaging, but almost meanders about for the 2nd act.

    I keep going back and forth between a rating of 4 or 4.5 but we both know you’re going to see this anyway.