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  • The Tales of Hoffmann

    The Tales of Hoffmann

    ★★★½

    The Tales of Hoffman is a very pretty ballet-opera hybrid, masterfully filmed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. And now just pretty in an elegant traditional way you'd expect from 1951 filmed theatre. It's weird and macabre and flamboyant and constantly innovative and interesting to look at. Its timeless weirdness reminded me of Children of Paradise of all things.

    The best example of this is probably when a character rips the doll Olympia's (Moira Shearer's) limbs and head off. Replicas…

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★½

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

    Funny thing about a movie that begins with its protagonist dutifully caring for an adorable toddler in space. It automatically endears the audience to them for the duration of the film. You've seen someone at their most nurturing and selfless. (Not for nothing, I kept picturing Ryan Gosling in the role instead of Robert Pattinson.)

    Then you learn this person is in space because he had been on death row and traded dying pointlessly to dedicating their remaining life to…

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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

    ★★★★

    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…