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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    As adulthood progresses, it's easy to forget the minutiae of junior high school and with good reason. Those formative years seemed so boring yet anxiety ridden. Basic social interactions were nerve-wracking, the future was dauntingly imminent, and there was no release from the stress of the unknown except through reverting to childlike behavior - the one thing you should never do when you're supposed to be "growing up". When you "become an adult", you know what to do most of…

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★½

    Between the Edward Norton Hulk movie and the first Ant-Man, I have a hard time deciding which is the worst movie in the cancerous growth on modern cinema that is the MCU. I realize that I begrudgingly sneak into these movies just to review them, and I'm tired of them being miserable wastes of my time. After watching the Fred Rogers documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? I was compelled to, first, take into consideration the perspective of children because…

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  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★½

    In the ever increasingly difficult task of keeping science fiction fresh there are bound to be a few casualties. I did not expect director Alex Garland would disappoint with his follow up to 2014's Ex Machina, but Annihilation is the very definition of a sophomore slump. Much like another audacious but vacuous sci-fi outing, Inception, the film boasts dazzling visuals in service to a thin plot that's lacking any semblance of an emotional core. A cool concept is squandered in…

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★★

    In an age where the highest grossing movies center on costumed vigilantes committing acts of violence and destruction outside and above the law for the sake of some utilitarian homeostasis (that, ironically, becomes more cosmically unstable each episode), it’s about time a filmmaker put the vigilante under the gun to reckon with the karma they’ve accrued. I know, I know, we’ve had some deconstructionist superhero movies in the last decade, but they’ve always maintained the premise that despite all of…