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  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★

    Someone sped up the dialogue 1.25x, and it was a great decision.

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★

    Peak Harrelson. Arguably peak McDormand as well.

  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★

    Thank God I sucked at crossovers.

  • It

    It

    ★★★½

    It is above average horror, but nothing in the movie matches the brilliance of the opening scene.

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★

    I’m not as passionate about Ladybird as most (neither was my partner, who also went through Catholic school in the early oughts, a target demo if there ever was one). But both of us loved how Gerwig’s indie, unlike so many others out there, found time to give every supporting character a life outside of Christine and her high-school angst.

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★

    In one of Columbus‘s early scenes, Jin presses Casey to stop reciting trivia and explain what actually moves her about a particular building. As she begins to answer, the camera shifts to the building's interior. Separated from the conversation by a pane of glass, we're left to watch in silence—and wonder what Casey had to say.

    The scene is brilliant, beautiful, and a bit alienating—which pretty much sums up how I felt about the whole movie.

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

    ★★★

    This was way better than it had any right to be.

  • Man from Reno

    Man from Reno

    ★★½

    Man from Reno bears an uncanny resemblance to No Country for Old Man, from its split narrative (an amateur in over their head and a grizzled cop!) to its (apparent) lack of mercy. It's biggest flaw may be that it doesn't give the mesmerizing Kazuki Kitamura the same screen time as the latter afforded to Javier Bardem. The film left me a little cold, but I'm grateful that it alerted me to talented actors like Kitamuri and Ayako Fujitani.

  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★½

    Nocturnal Animals plays like a film written by some sort of A.I. -- not one that can pass for a human, mind you, but one that's getting pretty darn close.

  • Logan

    Logan

    ★★★½

    Good, but it could have been great.


    Edit: In retrospect; the actors in Logan were outstanding.

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    Jeff Bridges's two-second laugh/sob deserves an Oscar all by itself.

  • Rear Window

    Rear Window

    ★★★

    Rear Window suffers from the Chinatown problem for me. It is such a classic, and it has been referenced and redone so many times, that seeing the original is a bit underwhelming.