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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    As I prefer, I knew just about nothing before I watched this. There aren't a lot of scary movies that scare me, but I still love them when done well. This is done well. So sad, so dark, with a very subtly goofy sense of humor here and there and maybe a little too much gravity in places, but just a beautiful film. I'll remember frames of this forever.

  • Chungking Express

    Chungking Express

    ★★★★½

    I really liked it, then it was over, and thought that was it. But it has stuck with me, and I keep finding myself wanting to watch it. Also has the most beautiful love scene I can recall.

  • 8½

    ★★★★★

    Watched with my mom for her first time, which was very fun. Noticed for the first time that many of the actors have the same names as the characters.

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★½

    Really more like 3 ¾ stars, but I rounded down. I loved so much about this, but only liked the film. Which isn't to say I'm disappointed, exactly, it's just that it had all the ingredients to be a lot more, and instead felt pretty safe. But I'll definitely watch and enjoy it again someday.

  • Ocean's 8

    Ocean's 8

    ★★★★

    Solid, solid four stars. I've had fun with every movie in the franchise, and this one is at least as satisfying.

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

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

    Watched this in Magic Johnson theater in Harlem, and the place exploded at the ending. People were yelling for their money back; children were crying. It was great.

    Most of the complaints are about how oversaturated the plot and pacing is. Yeah, I guess, but it's an ensemble comic book movie. I mean, come on. It'll be hard to outdo the last three in the franchise, but we got something new here: real stakes for the heroes themselves. Sure, those…

  • Alien: Covenant

    Alien: Covenant

    ★★★★

    God, you guys. I don't even have the energy to defend this against your empty naysaying. This, more or less. Even aside from that, though, this is far superior to any of the three sequels; it's a hundred times the film Aliens is. Nothing will be Alien, ever, but this is Alien: Covenant, it's beautiful, and it fucking rocks.

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★

    Lots of fun; ridiculous plot. Try going back and reading a synopsis of it. It's a mess. But no less fun for it.

  • The Hudsucker Proxy

    The Hudsucker Proxy

    ★★★½

    Very fun, and the cover is dumb for having a hula hoop on it. I wasn't expecting how over-the-top it is, but I loved it, and now I can see a streak of that running through the rest of their work.

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★★

    Masterful. I am deeply disturbed. The technology is maybe overly aspirational, and the philosophy though spot on is a bit on the nose, but the story is perfect. Visually understated, in that it emphasizes a pre-human nature when everything else about it is post-human. That is, while it has its flashy tech and minimalist architecture, there's a continuity between the pre-human and post-human that blurs or even erases the lines between artificial and natural in exactly the way I think they should be.

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★½

    Annihilatingly joyous. I finished this soaked in sweat and tears. The first two were fun, and this builds on the great visuals and backstory of the second, but with a new layer of glimmer and grit. And then there's the gender dynamics, presenting the masculine dilemma of the original film and the ambiguity of the second from its own matriarchal angle. Maybe not impeccable (or is it?), but I already want to watch it again.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Spider-Man: Homecoming

    ★★★★½

    Yes! I didn't know it before, but this is exactly what I want a Spider-Man movie to be. I loved the high school dynamics, the dialogue and its presentation, and the legitimately hard choices the characters were faced with in their respective worlds. It's easy for action movies to go with lazily effective emotional stakes, but this dug deeper.