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  • The Lobster

    The Lobster

    ★★★½

    The first half is nearly fantastic, and the second half can be quite a drag. Perhaps I wouldn't have minded if the second half weren't so completely different than the first. The film as a whole is very funny and very clever. What else should I expect from Yorgos?

  • Down

    Down

    ★★★½

    This was totally swept under the rug because of 9/11, and it’s plagued with some pretty negative reviews, but don’t let those elements scare you away. After all, the reviews seem to be taking this film far more seriously than the film takes itself. It’s a goofy movie about a haunted elevator shaft. It’s hilarious, well-shot, and totally in on the joke. Not going as far to call this a great film, but fun, intentional or not, counts for something. I’m hoping it resurfaces with a cult following.

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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.