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  • The Host

    The Host

    ★★★★

    What a refreshingly personal story for such a commercialized and spectacle-focused genre. In an age when every monster movie seems made to sell toys, The Host communicate’s Joon-ho’s genuine love for truly creepy creatures, as well as his beliefs about America’s effect on Korean society.

  • The Petrified Forest

    The Petrified Forest

    ★★★★

    While this was a stunning debut for Humphrey Bogart, I was most impressed by the performances given by Bette Davis and Leslie Howard during the climactic final scene. This is one of the most emotionally resonant gangster films I’ve seen.

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  • Tangerine

    Tangerine

    ★★★

    While at first I felt the iPhone quality and camerawork was obvious and distracting, as the movie continued I was pulled into the story and forgot about those “distractions.” By the end of the film, it was hard for me to believe what I knew going in: that this film was shot on an iPhone.

  • Spielberg

    Spielberg

    ★★★★★

    My whole life, I've wondered what made Steven Spielberg's movies so great. What magic does he use to make them timeless? How does he use emotion in such a palpable way? This film answered all of that and more.