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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    Why it got 4 stars:
    - A Quiet Place is tightly wound, suspenseful, and flat-out exhilarating storytelling. Outside of maybe Black Panther, this is the most excited I've been coming out of a movie theater so far this year.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the Forgetful Film Critic:
    - I understand people who will find the ending of A Quiet Place a little cheesy. And when I say the ending, I mean the last…

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★½

    Why it got 3.5 stars:
    - Despite the reservations I have about the movie's setting, Isle of Dogs is a sweet story about the loyalty and love that dogs give us, even when we don't deserve it. The beauty of the stop-motion animation – an art form that continues to prove how vital it is, even in the face of computer animation – is a wonder to behold.

    Things I forgot to mention in my review, because, well, I'm the…

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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…