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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★½

    I'm sitting in the theater reeling from the insanely tense experience I just witnessed on screen when someone behind me says "well that sucked" and the whole crowd around me laughs. The guy in front of me says "I was waiting for it to get better but it didn't". Who are these people and did they just watch the same movie as me?

    These people really just watched cinematic excellence and are angry they didn't just see Grown Ups 3.…

  • Last Christmas

    Last Christmas

    ★★★

    Cliché, but not always in the ways I expected. This was more of a movie about someone trying to pick up the pieces than the campy romance movie the trailer made it out to be. The twist was a little hand-wavy in my opinion, but I appreciate the choice to do something different. This movie surprised me in a lot of ways; it wasn't amazing, but it was better than I expected. I think it managed to work it's way…

  • Hustlers

    Hustlers

    ★★★½

    Reminds me of the time I had the idea to catfish pedophiles for money. Turns out that's "still fraud" and "definitely illegal". 🙄

    On topic: I think some of the hype spoiled this for me a little bit, but I did enjoy it. Some of the shots are beautifully done and I think it ended stronger than it started, but there's some interesting pacing decisions that I'm not sure I loved. Overall really good, but it feels like something I would've enjoyed more if I went in blind.

  • Almost Famous

    Almost Famous

    ★★★★★

    This is one of those movies that lingers after it's done, just sitting in the back of your head. You don't feel like you watched other people experience something, you feel like you were there alongside them the whole way. Very angry I let this sit on my watchlist for so long.

  • Long Shot

    Long Shot

    ★★★½

    I was really worried this was going to be a massive cliche, but it was a genuinely hilarious rom-com that somehow subverted a lot of my expectations.

  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    ★★★½

    Simultaneously more ridiculous than I expected, and less ridiculous than I think it could've been. It's like Get Out, but with more comedy and less social commentary. Somewhat predictable, but never in a way that's detrimental. It's definitely a lot of fun, and easily worth a watch.

  • Good Boys

    Good Boys

    ★★★★

    Genuinely one of the funniest movies I've seen this year. While it wasn't as insightful as Booksmart, I don't think it needed to be. If anything, the point of the movie was to talk about a thing we all already know, and to feel the nostalgia associated with that. Way better than I expected.

  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★

    I couldn't really put a finger on where this was headed in the beginning. Every time I thought I had it, it would throw me for a loop. But right when I started thinking, "this has to wrap up soon, right?," this movie smacked me in the head with a finale that had the entire theater roaring. Not sure what else I could've asked for, tbh.

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★★★

    I probably wouldn't have watched this had Lily James not been in it. No shame.

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★

    Albeit better than the first one, it's the same formulaic content you expect from Marvel at this point in the game. Barring that fact, the amount of forced exposition was surprisingly bad, and the amount of times Spider-Man ended up holding large falling things using his feet was excessive, but, MJ was a significantly better character this time around, and the jokes weren't nearly as predictable, so it all kind of balances out.

  • Five Feet Apart

    Five Feet Apart

    ★★★

    Listen, I know that this is a cliche young adult romance movie, but my tear ducts really ain't got the memo somehow.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★

    Effortlessly funny and immensely thoughtful, this is how to do a coming of age comedy right. It's not particularly innovative in anyway, but it implements the formula in a way that never feels blatantly formulaic. Surprisingly well shot, and with a soundtrack that slaps, this was an unexpectedly great movie.