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  • Jumanji: The Next Level

    Jumanji: The Next Level

    ★★★★

    In my review of Booksmart, I wrestled with how to classify something a "Great Comedy". There I concluded that a great comedy was a film of great filmmaking craft and character exploration that also happened to be really funny. Jumanji: The Next Level completely rejects this hypothesis.

    This film doesn't have great craft. It has satisfactory craft at best. Nothing special. A few great impressions and moments of standout facial acting sprinkled amongst pacing issues, a lack of character arcs,…

  • Carlito's Way

    Carlito's Way

    ★★★½

    Brian de Palma teams up with the legendary Al Pacino once again. This time, not tackling the immigrant struggle in America, but instead the conflict between The American Dream and The American Reality for many people. He asks what happens when you start doing something to survive, and that becomes a way of life you can't escape.

    Now, De Palma isn’t the first to ask this question, but his exploration of it is a worthwhile exercise. Pacino is still as…

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  • Climax

    Climax

    ★★★½

    This film was every time you took far too many drugs at a party. But all at once

    Overall a memorable experience that goes on for too long, and you're kinda glad it happened but definitely don't want to do again

    B+

  • Tag

    Tag

    ★★★★

    It would take me hours to try to come up with the perfect metaphor to describe the experience of watching Tag for the first time, but I think I have a pretty good one. Tag is like a night where you have a series of vivid dreams. Nothing makes sense yet everything is filled with meaning, and you just go along for the ride no matter where it takes you.

    It really is hard to describe this film without giving…