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  • White Men Can't Jump

    White Men Can't Jump

    ★★★

    There’s really not much to say. Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes hustle, there’s a Jeopardy scene, then the credits roll. I’m sure people that were living in LA in 1992 enjoy this a lot, but White Men Can’t Jump is pretty forgettable. 

    I will give it credit for it’s downer ending. These two characters (and just about every character in this movie) were kind of awful. It’s no Hollywood ending, but these guys probably didn’t deserve a Hollywood ending.

  • The Firm

    The Firm

    ★★★½

    I have always thought movies about lawyers were all dumb, with the exception of My Cousin Vinny. While The Firm isn’t dumb, it’s still just a slightly above average pulpy thriller. 

    Prime Tom Cruise is always entertaining and it’s fun as a Tennessee lawyer to live in this ridiculous high-stakes fantasy world for a bit, but the 2.5 hour run time is just too long. The thrills are watered down because of how much they were spread out across the…

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  • Beetlejuice

    Beetlejuice

    ★★★★

    I don’t know why I’ve never seen this but I’m glad I’m finally on the bandwagon. Beetlejuice was the perfect reminder of how effective the Tim Burton style once was. A lighthearted look at the macabre afterlife is what I want from Tim Burton.

    Beetlejuice is legitimately hilarious too. Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, and Winona Ryder are an awesome ensemble, but I think Catherine O’Hara might have actually been the winner. Every line from her was funny.

    Final…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    I have this weird level of pretentiousness when it comes to dishing out 5-star reviews on Letterboxd. It’s something that I’ve arbitrarily reserved for “all-time classics” — the sort of films that have been around for decades and are objectively praised by everyone.

    But Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse deserves all 5 stars. This movie has pushed the limits of what is achievable visually and thematically in an animated feature. The bar has been set so high that I can already…