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  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★½

    Clearly in the minority here but I found this movie to be tedious. Only 90 minutes long but it felt like an eternity. Some nice cinematography but that was about it for me.

  • The Lovebirds

    The Lovebirds

    ★★★½

    Completely nonsensical plot held together by the charm of Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani. Some good laugh out loud moments and a short runtime keep this from overstaying its welcome.

  • The Last Dance

    The Last Dance

    ★★★★★

    Exhilarating. In such a dark time in our history it felt so good to re-live the most exciting time in my life -- when the Bulls won six championships in eight years. I was so obsessed with this team that watching them fueled my interest in web development and sports journalism. I don't know where I would be today without this team. 

    The Last Dance juxtaposes the Bulls final championship season with the entire history of the Bulls franchise from…

  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★★

    I'm still floored this is Talbot's first feature. So many incredible shots. I wish this film had gotten more awards buzz, particularly Jonathan Majors in a great supporting role.

  • Devs

    Devs

    ★★★★½

    The Ex Machina follow-up I wanted and didn't get with Annihilation. Breathtaking visuals and some thought-provoking ideas.

  • Coming to America

    Coming to America

    ★★★★½

    Still a classic though the movie felt kind of slow until the church fundraiser.

  • How to Build a Girl

    How to Build a Girl

    ★★½

    The whole time I just kept thinking, "Jesus, what's the age of consent in the UK?"

  • Middleditch & Schwartz

    Middleditch & Schwartz

    ★★★★½

    Over the course of several years of taking writing and improv classes at Second City, I watched and performed in more terrible improv shows than I care to admit. So I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed Middleditch and Schwartz. Thomas and Ben have great chemistry and often break the fourth wall, commenting on their characters and choices while pushing each other to take the scene in weird new directions. If you've never experienced long-form improv, this is a…

  • Rambo: Last Blood

    Rambo: Last Blood

    ★★

    This movie is Donald Trump's wet dream. Not a good movie by any means but the kills are so gratuitous and over the top that it was comical. You could save yourself 90 minutes by just watching the closing credits, which features a montage of past Rambo movies -- including THIS ONE. It's really something to behold.

  • Extraction

    Extraction

    ★★½

    Thor straight up murders scores of faceless police goons for two hours. Some interesting action set pieces but all the shooting got tedious pretty quickly. Also lazily uses the "dead kid" backstory as the main character's motivation, which really pisses me off. Looking forward to seeing what the Avengers cast does, freed from the shackles of Marvel, but I hope it's better than this.

  • Tigertail

    Tigertail

    ★★★★

    Beautifully directed and deeply personal. Tzi Ma is great and Christine Ko is really having a moment between this and Dave. The first half drags a bit but it comes together in the end as Grover comes to terms with his past. A great debut feature from Alan Yang, whose work on this and Master of None shows great skill as a storyteller. Looking forward to whatever he does next.

  • Vivarium

    Vivarium

    ★★★

    What would have been a disturbing sci-fi horror film about a couple raising a child in complete isolation is instead, given our current reality, just a painful reflection of my day to day existence.