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  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Boogie Nights
  • The Graduate
  • Paris, Texas

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  • Blackhat

    ★½

  • The Black Phone

    ★★★

  • The Ascent

    ★★★★

  • The Black Stallion

    ★★★★½

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  • Blackhat

    Blackhat

    I know there are a lot of Blackhat stans on here, and to them, I am sorry, but I simply CANNOT with this film. Not only does this film feel instantly dated within the world of technology, but Mann completely fails to make any of this interesting from a storytelling perspective. At bare minimum we have the occasional action scene. I don’t need any action/combat to be entertained, but this film desperately needed something to maintain even a shred of…

  • The Black Phone

    The Black Phone

    ★★★

    My favorite Derrickson film to date, as he’s able to conjure up some pretty good scares. There are certain stylistic choices that feel either corny or outdated, but the film moves along enough to kinda let that stuff slip. The kids are good, and Hawke delivers a pretty unsettling performance.

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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.