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  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

    ★★

    FDT

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★

    I watched this at home, with low volume and subtitles (11 month old was asleep in the room over), and was interrupted with 30 minutes left, so it certainly wasn't the ideal viewing experience, but I felt the end was self-sabotaging, undercutting the themes that had built throughout.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★

    Uh oh, I found this to be pretty silly. It's the type of film that makes itself worse at some points in order to reveal a twist through which the beginning begins to make sense--the twist is good (though its consequences aren't explored) but it's not that good.

    Beyond this, the film isn't well written; besides the leads, every other character is completely hollow. It has a well-meaning message, one that many are fawning over in our post-election days, but to me it felt completely contrived, jumping through logical hurdles until the world comes together for one giant hug.

  • Chi-Raq

    Chi-Raq

    ★★★★

    An ambitious project that is simultaneously a Greek comedy adaptation, a satire, a commentary on modern society and a pop cultural grab bag, Spike Lee's latest mostly works marvelously. When it does miss though, it misses hard, luckily that's not too often. An A for effort and a B for execution.