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  • My Brilliant Career

    My Brilliant Career

    ★★★

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

    The best thing about My Brilliant Career is the irony that it's about a woman who wants to pursue a career instead of getting married, but is gawked at and mocked for it by everyone around her. She is not allowed to take an active part in her career path, but because she's far from wealthy and keeps turning down marriage proposals, she keeps winding up passively being placed in a job when whatever family member she's living with can't…

  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★★

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

    The Rider and I got off to a rough start, as it opens with Brady prying staples out of his head with scissors, which triggered my trichotillomania like nothing else! It took me a while to warm up to Brady. He's a good face actor for a non-professional, but he's so introverted that it takes a while to get a feel for what's going on inside. Because this is a blend of fact and fiction told with non-professional actors, I…

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    This was a really difficult review for me to write and I didn't expect it to be. It isn't even because of the content of the film, which I loved. It's people's reactions to the film that have made it increasingly difficult to digest since leaving the theater. In such a turbulent time in American society, The Florida Project is a Rorschach test for its viewers compassion.

    Like Beasts of the Southern Wild, The Florida Project seeks to tear its…

  • Just One of the Guys

    Just One of the Guys

    ★★★½

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

    Just One of the Guys has held up surprisingly well given the subject matter and the fact that it's 32 years old. The few cringeworthy moments of un-PC terms can be attributed to the teenage guy character's who say them struggling to find the right vocabulary to describe a very unique situation.

    The main takeaway from Just One of the Guys is Joyce Hyser's phenomenal performance. (I read a few reviews from male critics who claimed it wasn't a convincing…