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  • Justice League

    Justice League

    ★★★★

    As an avid and somewhat reasonable (I hope?) defender of most of the DC new era films so far (minus SS); I can readily acknowledge the many issues in Justice League. It's messily crammed into it's tight two-hour run time; cheating many important characters out of a meaningful introduction and rendering several sub-plots meaningless come it's conclusion. Feels like many mistakes were made on the editing floor and I deeply wish it had another 40 minutes or so to tell…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★★

    It's a quietly impressive feat pulled off here in contrasting the harsh realities of adult hood with the careless wonder of childhood. Without an ounce of sentimentality, Baker conveys a powerful sense of sympathy for an underrepresented piece of society; people living on the plateau of homelessness. That what this movie is about, which sounds heavy, but it's really anything but. There's moments of real sadness, a constant sense of trouble and danger also; but this movie is an absolute…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've been seeing lots of "controversy" over the supposed value of La La Land vs something like Moonlight, usually insinuating that La La Land's comparative levity somehow renders it lesser. My quick two cents would that be that yes, Moonlight is a magnificent portrait of masculinity in 2017's world, with broad, valuable insights on how race, sexual preference (*orientation*) and class all influence and inform one's identity. Basically a vehicle and showcase for compassion and empathy in a world seemingly…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    In light of recent events, I'm reminded of Fermi's paradox. A cynical and unsettling notion which suggests the reason we've never been contacted by extraterrestrial intelligent life is that the no civilization has survived long enough to innovate to that level. Or, in simpler terms, that the fundamental nature of intelligent life is to ultimately destroy itself. As tech and sciences progress further and further, what matters is how we allocate that technology; what leaders we elect to control it…