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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★

    Boy, I hate trying to rate films like this. Which is to say, I hate trying to rate films that I feel like I should have enjoyed more than I actually did. It's clearly so well made, but it just didn't grab me like I was hoping it would. If you're an absolute film nerd, you'll probably appreciate First Reformed purely based on Schrader's influences and inspirations(or just Schrader's own filmography). But if you're like me and haven't gotten around…

  • Oculus

    Oculus

    ★★½

    The casting is pretty terrible here. For a horror movie, it's really not that scary, and I place most of that blame on poor casting. However, I really appreciated this script. Not so much for the character development, as I never found myself rooting or caring for anyone, but it establishes the rules of this universe early and follows those rules throughout. That's more than most horror films can say for themselves, and it creates for entertaining situations that keep the viewer guessing. Bonus points for not relying on cheap jump scares, even if it made for a less terrifying film.

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  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★

    Riding the train into New York to see one of the first showings of "The Big Sick," I couldn't shake the fear that this movie would suck. It had to, right? There were just too many expectations, and it was bound to disappoint us somehow. I mean, it was Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon's first feature length script about the incredible true story of their relationship. It was directed by Michael Showalter after last year's surprisingly touching "Hello, My…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★½

    "It's not about deserve. It's about what you believe."

    Apart from being both the cringe-worthy centerpiece and poorly established turning point of the film's disastrous third-act, this line also serves as a reflection of the critical response to Wonder Woman. Does it really deserve all the praise it's getting? Probably not, but going in, we all wanted to believe that this film would be a game-changer, because that's the better narrative. Certainly a better narrative than "the first female directed…