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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    This was way more honest than I was expecting or ready for. It's uncomfortable and horrifying, but eventually incredibly sweet and inspiring. The visual presentation is dull in appearance, but it's mostly justified by Bo Burnham's depiction of what an eighth-grade girl could go through.

  • Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

    ★½

    I love how this film starts out with the protagonists wanting to save the dino’s, yet it helplessly devolves back to “let’s kill that dino!” The film has no heart, nor does it have a creative bone in its decaying body. Everything on display is derivative of another Jurassic Park or World. It’s boring to look at, even the effects are below what I expect for a film as expensive as it is. Nobody acts or speaks the way anybody…

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  • Spectre

    Spectre

    ★★½

    Spectre is almost always an entertaining film, but its energy is eventually unable to overcome its flaws. It starts off with an absolute bang, and the film continues to work for the next hour or so. The more the conflict built upon itself, the less interested I became. The overall story is very poorly constructed, and the final segment of the movie is downright weak. The action is great, and it is always wonderful to see James Bond on screen,…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    I'm in a state of reflection. I mean, wow, what a film! It's reasonably compelling, but with a quick gust of mighty wind, it blew me away. It goes to show how seemingly insignificant details can alter a film in a tremendous way, with a singular moment. Arrival is a true, thinking-man's science fiction film, and I haven't been this riveted by a film in what feels like ages.

    My only complaint? Story of Your Life is a better title.