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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    Why it got 4.5 stars:
    - This movie works on so many levels. It digs into some really ugly parts of the human psyche: grief, resentment, and fear. Don't forget fear. The last half-hour or so is terrifying. The final revelation in the last five minutes or so will give you goosebumps.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - Every time I considered the miniatures while watching the movie, I kept…

  • Ace in the Hole

    Ace in the Hole

    ★★★★★

    Did Billy Wilder make any movies that WEREN'T masterpieces? Shit, this movie is good.

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  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★½

    Why it got 4.5 stars:
    - This is one of those movie-going experiences where I left feeling very different than when I arrived. American Honey is a sprawling, messy ride; one I was delighted to take.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - One subject I didn't tackle in my review is cultural appropriation. As a white guy, I don't feel qualified to speak for people of color about how white…

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★½

    Legendary filmmaker Howard Hawks’ definition of what makes a “good movie” was pretty simple: “Three great scenes, no bad ones.” By that definition, director Richard Linklater’s new movie, Everybody Wants Some, comes close. There are no bad scenes, but by my count there are only two great ones. Linklater himself has been quoted as saying the movie is a “spiritual sequel” to his 1993 near-classic* film Dazed and Confused, so it’s instructive to compare the two.

    Everybody Wants Some doesn’t…