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  • Princess Mononoke
  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Logan

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  • Emily the Criminal

    ★★★½

  • High School Musical 2

    ★★★★★

  • Grease

    ★★★★★

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    ★★★½

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  • The Medium

    The Medium

    ★★★★½

    Anecdote incoming: Growing up, my late maternal great-grandmother, my Inang, would perform some kind of syncretic healing ritual called alaw (sp?) for me and my cousins and other relatives whenever we would have bad dreams or feel unwell. She would bless a bowl of water by reciting a Hail Mary prayer in Ilocano, while also calling back our spirits ("umay kan Noel") to our bodies. She'd then take a handful of rice and dip it into the water. Any individual…

  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★★★★

    Emotional, moving, and at times uncomfortably relatable, like when your computer screen goes black and all you're left with is yourself

    It doesn't help that I'm around the same age as Julie here and am currently living what she experiences and struggles with throughout the film, won't be forgetting this one any time soon

    Also I too, would become the Worst Person in the World™ if someone abruptly changed songs while I was getting my life to "1 Thing" by Amerie

    “I feel like a spectator in my own life. Like I’m playing a supporting role in my own life.”

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  • Emily the Criminal

    Emily the Criminal

    ★★★½

    Very solid little thriller, Aubrey Plaza is great and Theo Rossi just oozes charisma whenever he’s on screen, some very tense scenes that either got my blood pressure up or made me angry or both

    I feel like a slightly longer runtime would have given a lot of elements of this movie the perfect time to bake but it was still enjoyable

    For anyone who’s experienced crushing loan debt, suffered through an awful job search, been in a dead-end job, or been in any similar circumstances, this one’s for you (and me)

  • High School Musical 2

    High School Musical 2

    ★★★★★

    Still remains one of the best musicals ever 15 years later idc idc

    "What Time Is It?" is an opening number done perfectly, Kenny Ortega is a gay legend

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  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★★

    James Wan you crazy bastard. This completely subverted any expectations I had based on the trailers and I really enjoyed it!

    Seemingly straightforward premise that ends up being 200% more bonkers than it initially presents itself to be, and with stellar camerawork and a great score to boot. Yup, sounds like a James Wan film to me.

    Enjoyed the giallo-type pacing, although the shift to action horror in the final act was a little jarring. But I embraced the over-the-top campiness, felt like I was watching a scene out of Blade or Underworld.

  • In the Heights

    In the Heights

    ★★★★½

    PACIENCIA Y FE~

    Being a fan of the stage musical and also a fiend for movie musicals, this was an absolute treat! Gorgeously shot musical sequences with some of the best choreography I've ever seen. The entire ensemble performed their asses off and Anthony Ramos is a star, give him more roles like this please and thanks. 

    Some plot changes and song omissions were weird at first, but I can understand the necessity--In The Heights is loaded with characters and…