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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★★

    Anxiety (2018).

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★

    I never thought I could feel such a connection to a CGI bear named after a train station.

    Paddington 2 made me feel like a child again - 
    gleaming from ear to ear and laughing straight from my belly. Although the overarching plot is failry par for course in terms of family movies, it is littered with clever gags and callbacks that would hold their one as standalone short films (I'm especially thinking of Paddington's hilarious attempts at becoming a window washer, barber, etc.). Paddington 2 is an upbeat, magical little film with the power to reduce its audience to smiles.

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★½

    A young adult takes performance enhancing drugs to help him become the best getaway driver in town. The only thing is, these are ingested sonically.

    Baby Driver has an interesting premise, and it thankfully manages to deliver on the essentials such a premise would bring about - an alluring protagonist, thrilling car chase sequences, and of course a catchy soundtrack. The film becomes more of a mixed bag, however, when you delve past the basics.

    Ansel Elgort is excellent in…

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love

    ★★★★★

    In the Mood for Love is subtly stunning, portraying the complexities of fleeting and forbidden love through tranquil simplicity. Director Wong Kar-wai maneuvers through the film while demonstrating a fair amount of moderation, preserving an aura of practicality. He is faced time and time again with a splitting road and consistently traverses the modest route over the more lavishly extravagant one. The film is ironically elevated by this grounded approach.

    Painting a love story requires far more than a coat…