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  • Blade of the Immortal

    Blade of the Immortal

    ★★★½

    This movie basically puts a cap on samurai revenge epics. Where else can a genre go after Miike has taken it to its bloodiest possible extreme? Like most samurai revenge epics, it's overly long with uneven pacing, but it's also pretty damn fun.

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    Maybe Jim Jarmusch will eventually make a movie I don't love, but this isn't it. It's exactly the movie I needed to see at this time in my life, for reasons I won't get into because spoilers.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Oh, it's no bother.

  • Lady Macbeth

    Lady Macbeth

    ★★★★

    The feel-good movie of the year.

  • I Am Not Your Negro

    I Am Not Your Negro

    ★★★½

    It was inevitable, I suppose, that an hour and a half-long documentary about James Baldwin was going to end up being woefully incomplete. Others have done a better job than I could do of pointing out the shortcomings of its omissions. It's still good that it exists, though, and hopefully it will drive people to dive deeper into Baldwin's work, which is even more radical than the relatively sanitized version presented here.

  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?

    Why Don't You Play in Hell?

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Long live the Fuck Bombers.

  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★½

    If you had fun with the first movie, you'll have fun with this one. There's lots of over-the-top violence and a bunch of easy jokes that made me chuckle despite myself. It's not high art, but it is high entertainment (by which I mean it's probably more entertaining if you're high).

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★

    First off: this movie is not for those who are looking for a series of jump scares. There were only about a dozen people in the theater when I went to see it, and about half of those people left before the movie was over, most likely for that very reason.It is a VERY slow burn, spending most of the movie's runtime dealing with family trauma and only hinting at the horror underneath it until the very end. But when that horror is finally revealed... hoo boy.

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★

    This is a pretty unoriginal movie full of ideas you've seen executed better elsewhere, but it has a nice twist at the end and just enough bloody, borderline slapstick violence to make it worth a watch when it's available to stream.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    I enjoyed watching this just as much the second time, and I was just as put off by some of the bad CGI in it. I would love if Marvel backed off the CGI a bit and focused more on practical effects, but based on Avengers: Infinity War I'd say there is zero possibility of that happening.

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I have so many questions. How did those dumb aliens get to Earth? Why did no one else think of using a sound weapon against them? (I thought of it pretty early in the movie and I'm not very bright.) Did whoever built those stairs into the basement not know how nails work? How were those corn fields so seemingly well maintained without the use of any equipment that makes any noise whatsoever?

    Anyway, it was a fun enough movie, but the nitpicking center of my brain wouldn't shut up during the whole thing.

  • John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

    John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

    ★★★★½

    God can't hear you.