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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★½

    2017 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    Writer/director Martin McDonagh is back this year with his third feature-length film, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Continuing two trends from last year- examination of grief with a comedic touch (Manchester-by-the-Sea) and featuring a dying small-town sheriff who is determined to find who committed a gruesome rape (Nocturnal Animals) - the film is set in Ebbing, Missouri and features a grieving mother, Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand), who buys three billboards just outside of town questioning…

  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    Roman J. Israel, Esq.

    ★★½

    2017 Ranked
    Seen in Theaters

    Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival back in September, Dan Gilroy’s Roman J. Israel, Esq. was met with a lukewarm critical reception. In response, Gilroy and star Denzel Washington went back to the drawing board, tightened the film’s pacing, cut out 12 minutes (and an entire subplot), and moved a scene with Colin Farrell’s character to earlier in the film. Done in the hope of making the film easier to digest and, in turn,…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

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

    2016 Ranked
    Top 100 Films
    Seen in Theaters

    Postmodernism is a film theory that suggests that there is nothing original anymore. If it could be made, it has been made and we are doomed to simply remake a once original idea in perpetuity. Postmodernism also includes ideas regarding nostalgia and hyperreality, positing that cities such as Los Angeles may physically be real, but are in fact, dream worlds that are not actually there. In Damien Chazelle's latest work and, dare…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★½

    2011 Ranked

    Forgive me father, for I have sinned. When I saw Drive for the first time in 2013, I had just finished my first film class in high school and was set to graduate from high school in a few weeks. Now, a week and a half removed from finishing college a semester early, it was time to atone for the sins of my youth. Unacquainted with good films at the time aside from the ones I saw in…