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  • It Chapter Two

    It Chapter Two

    ★★★½

    I really, really loved IT: CHAPTER ONE, so my expectations were sky-high going into this sequel, which follows the same group of characters, now adults, as they return to their hometown of Derry 27 years later to battle Pennywise the Clown one final time. In preparation for this film, I read King's novel for the first time, finishing it about a week before the movie hit theaters, so it was fresh in my mind going in. That was probably both…

  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    ★★★★

    I wasn't going to see this one, since it looked like it was going to be a little too grisly for my wussy eye-covering horror-averse self, but then I saw that it getting great reviews, and was told that the red band trailer (which played in front of SO many not-horror movies I've seen recently, thanks for that, AMC) was actually about the extent of the violence in the film. Since I could handle the trailer, I decided to brave…

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  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★

    It’s hard to know how to write about this movie. It’s the first solo feature in the MCU centering a female character, which is significant in and of itself. That this character is tremendously strong (arguably the most powerful heroic character in the franchise), and that hers is the only initial solo outing not to feature any hint of a romantic subplot, opting instead to focus on friendship and professional camaraderie, carries an additional weight. All of this is important,…

  • True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality

    True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality

    ★★★★½

    This HBO documentary examines America’s racist history, and particularly the racial disparities within the American criminal justice system, by chronicling the career of attorney Bryan Stevenson, who has devoted his life to advocating for the wrongly and unfairly incarcerated. I first heard of Stevenson when a friend suggested I read his book JUST MERCY, which I cannot recommend enough. The stories Stevenson tells in his book — of innocent men and women losing years of their lives to death row,…