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  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★★½

    I believe that art, in general, is always better when it has a focus. This is razor sharp and blunt in a way that is needed in modern cinema, and modern America.

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★

    By everything that makes logical sense, a big budget movie about the life of Neil Armstrong should be the next saga in the vein of gigantic, epic, “based on a true story,” hero movies. To its credit, First Man doesn’t care about being epic, relating history or mythologizing a man that actually walked the Earth, and the Moon, for that matter. The result is a very small, intimate story that truly is about an individual. This, ironically, makes the film…

  • The Steamroller and the Violin

    The Steamroller and the Violin

    ★★★★½

    So simple and beautiful. The genius is there, evident from the very beginning.

  • Gettysburg

    Gettysburg

    ★★

    Self indulgence in a film is not normally something that bothers me. I really love when a filmmaker completely inhabits his creation and takes his camera on long, drawn out bouts of visual exploration. Normally this looks like the films of Malick, Kubrick, and Tarkovsky. The self indulgence of a film like Gettysburg, however, is one void of the camera. This film is so impressed with its own production that it seems to completely forget that it is supposed to…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★

    I couldn’t figure out if this was a cry to live in reality or if it wants you to play more video games. I don’t think the movie really knew which it was either.

  • Twilight

    Twilight

    ½

    With Rifftrax this becomes a solid 2.5 to 3 star film.

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★★

    This movie made very little sense

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    My life is the entire universe on the top of a pencil. It’s the entire meaning of life and it’s the socks my wife bought me at the store. They’re the same thing.

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    To maintain the illusion with grace.

  • Carnage

    Carnage

    ★★★★

    So freaking funny

  • A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story

    A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story

    ★★★½

    This doc is a bit unfocused but I love ACL so much it gets a thumbs up in my boat.

  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped

    ★★★★½

    Don’t think I’ve ever experienced a film so perfectly paced. So simple that it had to be perfect with its timing, which it was.