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  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    What the hell is wrong with you people?

    Read a ton of bad reviews, both from professionals and people on here, and I went in expecting the worst. Instead, I got what I think is one of the best things I've seen all year.

    The film starts strong with an amazing setup, and really fantastic and biting satire, but knows that there's no way that idea won't run out of steam, so it decides to go deeper, more thoughtful and…

  • Searching

    Searching

    ★★★★½

    And here I thought UNFRIENDED would be the only Movie On Screens movie I'd ever need.

    But unlike that film, Aneesh Chaganty takes a more dynamic approach. He cuts to images up close. He pushes in. He treats that surface as another "set", and it's a thrilling move in this kind of storytelling.

    John Cho's performance sometimes takes a backseat to the theatrics, but I feel like that's kind of by design. Likewise with the mystery -- I'm not 100% sure it would work in a conventional film, and really, it doesn't matter.

    Very curious to see it again -- and ultimately on a laptop.

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  • Unfriended

    Unfriended

    ★★★★½

    I... really enjoyed this? And found it... kinda revolutionary? And expertly executed? I mean, look: you have to buy into the idea that there's a malicious entity out there who makes memes to terrify their victims. But if you can get over that and take it on its own terms... it really works.

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Fun, but as disposable as a mid-90s sequel. There's just so much that they just kind of throw against the wall to see what sticks that everything feels half-hearted -- from its two wasted villains* to the reprise of the Luis story, there are a bunch of things that are just there.

    *Ghost especially is such a waste -- convoluted backstory**, no sense of why she's running around in a suit or why she's hurt the people she says she's…