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  • Hell Fest

    Hell Fest

    ★★★½

    Bottom line: if you like old-school slashers, you're going to like this. I'm not sure why critics bother seeing a film that they know they're not going to like, or is in a genre they enjoy trashing. This would have to reinvent the genre for some of them to even consider giving it a positive review, and that's certainly not what Hell Fest is going for. I was pleasantly surprised by the high production values. This actually felt like a…

  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★½

    If Gone Girl and Julie & Julia had a love child, this would be it. It's weird, funny, and above all: entertaining. The ending didn't fully land for me, but it's a good, well-directed film.

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★

    From a visual and music standpoint, this is pure cinematic art. Blade Runner is one of the greatest films ever in my opinion. The way it blends a futuristic atmosphere, film noir characters and a simple science fiction story was something that hadn't been seen at the time. It will forever be considered a classic, and is an inspiration to many filmmakers working today. Do I feel the same way about 2049? Maybe not. The story isn't as refined as…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★½

    To me, films are either there to teach you something or be an escape. At times, this film is both, but it's unfortunate that the director didn't hold back on his political views. And I absolutely love Spike Lee -- Do The Right Thing would make my top 10 films of all time. But this isn't that.

    This film is wonderfully acted, and the score is one of the best of the year. I loved all of the references to…