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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria is such a heavy film and there’s a lot to unpack for sure. While I think it’s far from perfect, it’s hard to deny this is a such an ambitious take on the original Suspiria, a hodgepodge of Guadagnino’s sentiments towards Germany’s political past and present distilled into a single film. His relentless efforts to hammer home the thematic messages about guilt and shame, motherhood, and abuse of power through the vigorous examination of Germany’s troubling collective…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    I'm shook.

    I thought it would be impossible for another Mission movie to top Rogue Nation, but Christopher McQuarrie did it. Rogue Nation has some incredible moments that blew me away, like the opera-house scene where Tom Cruise meets Rebecca Ferguson for the first time. That scene, which is directed to perfection, is a great example of masterful suspension. But as a whole Fallout stands out as the franchise's most memorable film. And just when you think the franchise couldn't…

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  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ★★★★

    A white-knuckle ride! Pretty similar to A Quiet Place in that the threats in both films put physical limitations on the characters and that the apocalyptic events provide a framework for the films to explore parenthood. Now don’t hate me - I actually like Bird Box much better simply because, for all its plot manipulations and cliches, its the emotional payoff felt way more well-earned. Love that essentially this is a story about trust.

    I don’t think Sandra Bullock, whose…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Wow I’m completely floored by this masterpiece. I truly believe I just saw the best movie of 2018!

    Political upheavals and one working-class woman’s internal turmoil intersect in this heart-wrenching film about, as cliched as it may sound, love and compassion. In one particular powerful moment near the end, Yalitza Aparicio’s Cleo walks against crashing waves to save a drowning child. The imagery is emblematic of Cleo’s tumultuous year and her strength to endure so much pain. Roma relies so…

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  • Suicide Squad

    Suicide Squad

    ★★½

    Suicide Squad has just signed its own death warrant.

    It’s that time of the year again when a DC superhero movie causes a rift between critics and audiences. I’m neither a Marvel nor DC guy. I’m just a film buff who welcomes every superhero movie with an open heart and always gives them the benefit of the doubt when they get panned. But boy does the critical consensus this time actually reflect my feelings about this movie! I actually enjoyed…

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★★

    1st act : We’ll get there
    2nd act: Oooh nearly there
    3rd act : HOLY F-CK!!!!! That’s the most epic space battle in Star Wars! And the last shot! Whoa…

    Ok. Sorry. But I didn’t expect myself to get so worked up over this movie!! I was one of those people that weren’t convinced by Disney’s plan to make anthology films because they’re blatantly milking the Star Wars cash cow. But when you’re making a cash grab disguised as a…