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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★★

    Slick. Romanticizes music as much as it does young love. I'm convinced that Edgar Wright makes musicals out of his movies, conducting the action like a madly passionate maestro. Satisfactory to exhilarating car chases and gunfights, wonderful and clever use of setting to deepen appreciation for audiophiles and a tourists sweet ode to a city. Never a lacking moment, always progressive movement. Never look back.

    Too much? Not enough? Asking these questions means you watched something worth admission. Usually, anyways. Definitely this time.

    UPDATE: "Noir with a heart of gold." Absolutely. Movie - you just got a new star added.

  • Okja

    Okja

    ★★★★★

    Biting with tenderness and edginess hand in hand. Evocative and provocative, with unforgettable imagery and moments. Clearly, Bong Joon Ho is not one to mince words or meanings; this is a movie of high ideals, without the blissful ignorance of naivete. Hopefully, we've all seen the meme like videos of animal abuse and know about GMOs. If all of that didn't hit you hard, perhaps an emotionally resonant fairy tale-ish adventure will. Whatever it takes.

    Bias... towards decency. Bias... towards respect. Bias... towards goodness.

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  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★★★

    A devastating production that's less scary but more tragic than you'd think. It holds back on exposition and meaning, leaving the images and action to speak for themselves. At twenty-four paintings a second, never wasting a sequence, the film is like a Cormac McCarthy cover song if performed by David Lynch. That's a dangerous pairing.

    Go in knowing nothing, come out feeling everything.

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★★★

    It’s been called “hypnotic” by many. Jackie, the very real tale made tall before it was captured on camera, is, by no means, an “ordinary” biopic. It’s not even really a “biopic” even. The minutes, hours and days after President Kennedy’s assassination, from his newly widowed First Lady’s more emotional than literal perspective and interpretation, make up the better portion of the film – better meaning majority. The better – high quality – moments of the film are the ones…