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  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    ★★★

    There is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to justifiable criticisms, but I truly had a blast with this. Incredibly cheesy, some exceptionally iffy acting, and absolute silliness from the plot. But I thought the fights were incredibly entertaining, the gore was exactly what I wanted, and there’s some fun to be had with the ensemble. Really, really hoping for a sequel

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★½

    I don’t understand half of what happened in this film. Maybe I’m an idiot, but this felt borderline incoherent between the numerous interweaving cases, enormous set of characters with different and often changing motivations. I don’t even really know what it was about. I’ll probably watch it again and maybe if more things connect I’ll like it more, but for now it stands as PTA’s weakest by a wide margin. 

    That being said, Phoenix and Brolin are phenomenal.

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  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★★

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

    From its opening shot, that incredible composition with the desk in the corner, Punch Drunk Love sets itself apart from most romantic comedies, chiefly in how it feels no need to sacrifice artistry or filmmaking. 

    The blues and whites of the interiors and the the way his blue suit contrasts with the sunlight or harsh lighting of the grocery store is absolutely gorgeous. The films color palette is so insularly defined by Barry that the cherry red dress of Lena’s…

  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★

    Have you ever walked into a movie so positive there's no way it could disappoint you because of how awesome the trailers were? I have. Twice. First with last year's Suicide Squad and now unfortunately this year with Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, a movie that has no idea what it's trying to do.

    The film begins promisingly enough with a 70's retro style opening credits. However, once the dialogue gets going, the film begins to falter. The films biggest issue…