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  • Carnage

    Carnage

    ★★★★½

    Made me feel as though the social pressure and tension between the characters had crossed the screen and flooded the entire room. Great.

  • Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

    Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

    ★★½

    They could have chosen not to spend a third of the movie preaching to the choir about the perils of rampant consumerism, something that audiences have already seen over and over again. What I did find interesting were the (too short) interviews with people that live their own versions of the minimalist lifestyle (tiny houses, 33 items of clothing, only possessing what can be packed into 2 duffel bags). Also, the story arch about their audience growing from a couple of people at SXSW to appearing on the Today Show was rather contrived.

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Visually very satisfying and elegantly told. Liked how the movie literally zoomed in on the protagonist and never really let go.

    Wanted to note how I liked Mahershala Ali's performance, however, it wouldn't be fair just to mention him alone. Trevante Rhodes is just as great (the same goes for his younger counterparts), especially, when depicting so much nuance for a character that is as taciturn as Chiron.

    I'd probably give Moonlight the Oscar for best cinematography, but what do I know. Great soundtrack too.

  • Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

    ★★★

    I could describe this as an entertaining YA movie, for me the inconsistencies in the screenplay didn't seem that jarring. The bigger issue, I guess, is that you might have expected a serious sci-fi movie to be made out of the original material - you should just forget about those silly expectations.