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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★★½

    A love letter to cinema; the culmination of everything Tarantino has done thus far in the industry and the wisdom he’s discovered. It’s everything I hoped for and more—unpredictable, humorous, violent, smart, and it even cures every, known and unknown, human disease while it’s at it. 

    Taratino was not lying when he said this was his closest film to the beloved Pulp Fiction, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s a character study, the audience gets to walk in the…

  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    ★★★★½

    Edgar Wright is increasingly becoming one of my favorite directors—a point that I cannot stress enough. All of my experiences with his films have been enjoyable, and this one is no different. The indie visual-style and dry humor of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World would be enough for me, but it goes farther by creating a story that engages the audience in a charmingly simple way. The cast and crew take this relatively simple concept and transcends it past the limitations…

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  • Onward

    Onward

    ★★★½

    No production company concludes its stories in a more sentimentally satisfying way than Pixar, absolutely no one else can match. Most of their films, although some better overall than others, all end with equal parts happiness and sadness, Onward is no different. The Dungeons and Dragons-esque fantasy is quite an unusual take for the company famous for bringing toys and robots to life, but its quite well-handled due to the brand-familiar humanity that is lent to the story. It’s not…

  • The Skeleton Twins

    The Skeleton Twins

    ★★★★

    Before playing this, I watched the little preview window and it showed Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig messing around in the dentist’s office, just having a grand ole time... boy was that misleading. This hits way harder than I ever could have guessed, I knew it was a drama, but with Hader and Wiig (both immensely talented in comedy and drama), I assumed it would be much more laughs than tears, my bad. Rather, we get an insightful and painfully…

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  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★½

    This film is so authentically heartbreaking and yet also completely hysterical. I wasn’t expecting any of this film to play out the way it did and I wish I would’ve watched this the day it came out and then one-hundred times more afterwards. Obviously this film isn’t perfect but most of its imperfections just go away, becoming lost in waves of charm. It’s the only film that I could cry from laughing one minute and then cry from sadness the…

  • There Will Be Blood

    There Will Be Blood

    ★★★★★

    The longer runtime of this movie has been intimidating me for so long, but it seems that I foolishly forgot about Daniel Day-Lewis’ ability to make even the longest of runtimes completely worth it. Everything about this movie is gorgeous and near perfect; the cinematography and all of the amazingly crafted frames are diamonds in a sea of oil. The score leaves me speechless, it borrows from some iconic sounds while also creating an entirely new icon in the process;…