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  • Operation Finale

    Operation Finale

    ★★½

    2018 Ranked

    Only works in the slightest whenever Ben Kingsley is on screen, as he not only turns in fantastic work as Adolf Eichmann, but his performance also provides a bit of suspense that neither the script nor the direction could provide. Whenever Kingsley isn’t on screen (which is during most of the first half, prior to the interrogation scene in the middle), the film is far too generic and far too void of thrills to be engaging in the…

  • Outside In

    Outside In

    ★★★

    2018 Ranked

    Pretty disappointed considering that I really liked Laggies. Outside In starts off fairly interesting, but Jay Duplass is flat (you hardly ever buy his pain), the score is mediocre, and the script is unfortunately quite uneven. Some of the dialogue is overwritten, some ideas are underdeveloped, and it occasionally meanders. Granted, the acting (outside Jay Duplass) is good across the board (most notably Edie Falco and Kaitlyn Dever, both of whom are superb) and keeps the film from falling completely into melodramatic territory, and it’s competently made, but it could’ve been so much better. Overall, it’s fine enough.

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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    Absolutely fucking wild. So ambitious, bizarre and unique that I can’t even directly compare it to anything else. The best way for me to describe Sorry to Bother You is like if Get Out and Swiss Army Man had a baby, and then that baby took 10 pounds of cocaine. Lakeith Stanfield (who I’ve kept an eye out for since his excellent, overlooked performance in Short Term 12) and Armie Hammer both provide career-best performances, - the former in particular…

  • Lean on Pete

    Lean on Pete

    ★★★★★

    2018 Ranked
    A24 Ranked

    Loved it quite a bit on first viewing, but Lean On Pete did absolute wonders for me on rewatch. Looking back, I was a bit too harsh on the supporting characters. Sure, they’re not suuuuuuper memorable, but that’s absolutely fine, because just like with EIGHTH GRADE, another grounded and raw entry into the coming of age genre: 1) The actors elevate their characters and make them feel human (and, in the case of Lean On Pete,…