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  • Bad Times at the El Royale

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    ★★★½

    I always appreciate when a movie is genuinely surprising. It ends with a bit of a fizzle after a middling final act (made entirely watchable by an awesome Chris Hemsworth performance), but it is pretty stylish and has some very interesting directorial choices. There are some awesome shots that perfectly (often literally) reflect the ideas the film conveys, as a whole. The performances are pretty stellar across the board (always nice to see Hamm and Cynthia Erivo has a bright future ahead of her). I had a Pretty Good Time at the El Royale!

  • The Strangers

    The Strangers

    ★★½

    I cannot believe how great I thought this movie was... this is the definition of mediocrity. I have gone from a member of the cult following to a disinterested bystander. Frowny face.

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  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves

    Aladdin and the King of Thieves

    ★★★

    Genie > Deadpool

    This movie is a gem- held back by its straight-to-video budget (plays more like an awesome Saturday morning cartoon than a true film), but Genie is at his Genie-est and the film takes a crazy fantasy turn towards the end. Lots of fun.

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    The first hour-and-half-or-so is SO perfect at being a freakin’ movie. Moving in its joyfullness and honesty. Then the SNL scene happens and we get these scenes that drag for about 45 minutes and then the end was a total gut punch. Haven’t seen eyes that red and puffy leaving the theater in a long time.