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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★½

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

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    Lady Bird is magical. It is hilarious and touching. The dialogue is quirky and witty while being honest and introspective. It perfectly shows the awkwardness of wanting to fit in as a high school student, and the realization that you were doing it wrong. It captures the feeling of wanting to get away from home, and the revelation that you miss home.

    This film uses little moments extremely well. Lady Bird and her mom crying over the Grapes of…

  • Last Flag Flying

    Last Flag Flying

    ★★★★

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

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    A powerful exploration of the personal effects of war, and of it's senselessness. Carell's performance is quiet, deeply moving, and at times even hilarious. Linklater makes every character feel like a real person. The scene when they are laughing about old times made me feel like I was hanging out with these characters, and I felt like I understood the camaraderie they developed from serving together. The final message, of treasuring the flag because it represented what Larry junior…

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  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★★

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    A brutal movie with good action scenes. Bradley is well developed from the beginning, so we can still relate to him once he begins committing horrible violence. I especially liked the speech about finding the wrong cream- it communicated his reasons for going back into dealing drugs very well.

    Some of the violence ends up feeling a bit cartoonish. There are Kill Bill style whooshing noises and a few points, some of the hits feel like they are just…

  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★★

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    This film has the best use of texting I have seen. There is generally some time between texts. They are something in the back of our mind as she continues with her daily tasks. We see and feel her anxiety as she waits for a new text. The climax of this film consists of a series of texts arriving, and it is so tense.

    I like the ambiguity of the ending. We see the footage making it is a…