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  • Tomorrow Ever After

    Tomorrow Ever After

    ★★★½

    Imagine a society without pain and suffering; without struggle and greed; without hunger and lies; without ownership and privacy. Imagine a society filled with perfect harmony and unity in their absence, full of honesty, integrity, generosity, and open embrace.

    Such an extreme, idealized society would probably border on the edge of creepy, but it's that odd, happy-go-lucky fiction that's offered here in this fairy-tale imagining of a time-traveler who discovers a world very much like yours and mine.

    In many…

  • Watership Down

    Watership Down

    ★★★★

    the artistic style is compelling and the warren-lore is fascinating, but the bombastic norwegian seagull is a bit of a head-scratcher.

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  • Colossal

    Colossal

    ★½

    Somehow, a film that starts off with a massive kaiju looming over Seoul manages to exemplify some the worst fetishes of action flicks and modern, self-aware TV romcoms.

    I appreciate Colossal's overall themes and intentions. I appreciate its commentary on the diverse flavors of toxicity in relationships, and its championing of the independent female spirit. But these intentions don't excuse its heavy-handed, pandering approach to expressing these themes, and they don't excuse its other numerous offenses, from awkward-sexy boy-girl interactions…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

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

    The crowd-pleaser Cabin in the Woods should've been.

    There's only one great performance here, and that's Kaluuya's expressive portrayal of Chris, a truly ordinary millennial. Kaluuya plays the role to a T, with a humored, half-pained politeness that crackles through despite an endless string of casually-racist remarks, and his presence is jarring against the campy world that he inhabits. His existence in an otherwise cliched and manufactured B-movie horror helps to ease the audience into the film's setting, and our…