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  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★½

    The coldness of this movie is both it’s weaknes and its strength. Despite being one of the best shot movies of the year I feel like the movie is holding me at a distance emotionally. Yet that distance is thematic to the film, the characters and Cold War Poland as a setting.

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★★

    It takes a lot of confidence to look a fellow human in the eye. It takes a truly great filmmaker to make a film that looks its viewer straight in the eye and tells you a story about love and the complexities of a life in a far from perfect world. True to the original book yet itis unique to itself in presentaion. If there was a more gorgeous film this year I did not see it. Barry Jenkins is a goddamn master.

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  • Pain and Glory

    Pain and Glory

    ★★★★

    A beautiful introspective journey to a magnificent ending! Antonio Banderas needs to nominated!!!

  • Greener Grass

    Greener Grass

    ★★★

    Definitely a funny and surreal experience. However, as a film it is structurally wonky and the jokes slowly stop being as funny as they never stop in fear of losing the audience. If the directors instead worried about character and structure instead the comedy window dressing would hang better. This movie kinda feels like a really strong student film that is being stretched to a feature length. Still, I enjoyed watching it for all its faults.

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★★

    A tonal masterpiece!

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★½

    This film has no bulshit romantic subplot and it is better for it!!!