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  • Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

    ★★★

    The film gets off to a horrible start with cringe-worthy dialogue, unlikeable characters, and tropey events that set the story in motion. After, the film does an amazing job creating chilling atmosphere that is successful at making the scares more effective. While the effectiveness of those scares slowly diminishes over time since they are almost exclusively jump scares, I like how the timing is varied for each one to make it slightly less predictable. Finally, while the resolution is slightly…

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★★½

    Lovable and well-written characters with dialogue that is unmistakably Tarantino. While the film does end with a bang, there was too much meandering and loose ends for it to really feel like there was much of a payoff.

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  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★

    Average to below average film that is completely forgivable because of its entertaining and thoughtful use of Pokémon. The creatures, even in their hyper realistic styles, looked great and the diversity of Pokémon paired with their subtle, but meaningful movements made it obvious that a lot of effort was put into this project. It’s simply a movie you watch for the Pokémon, and to escape to a world where people and Pokémon coexist.

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    Another great installment in the Mission Impossible Franchise. This movie delivers with its really well directed action scenes and valiant stunts that makes you feel closer to the action than ever before. The only major drawback that I found was that the plot is pretty predictable so it was hard to really feel apprehensive during parts of the movie that the director clearly tried to make tense. However, at the end of the day this is a Mission Impossible film so we know exactly what we’re going to get, and this is everything I could’ve asked for.