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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★★★

    Ok so I recognize that this narrative is quite flawed, but dammit this is the Spielberg I've been waiting for for so long. This is the Spielberg I grew up on, the Spielberg that introduced me to film in my childhood and the one that cemented my love for it. Yes, the references are fun, and there's one in the second act that made me cry so much I had tears streaming down my face and had to try to…

  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    There's an inherent sense of magic that comes with the arrival of any new Guillermo del Toro film. As perhaps the unluckiest creator in Hollywood, easily losing two projects to development hell for every one that escapes it, there's a gratefulness to seeing a new Del Toro joint make its way to the big screen. His latest, and perhaps his most adult in terms of its thematic content, is a loving homage to all kinds of films of old, very…

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  • Sideways

    Sideways

    ★★★★½

    It's normal for heavy amounts of alcohol drinking to be tied to the attempt to escape one's grievances, but wine rarely seems to be the go-to alcohol for such an occasion. Having bottles of booze traded out for glasses of wine is such a unique way to handle that pretty familiar storytelling device. A profound exploration of love and friendship, led by two wonderful performances from Giamatti and Haden Church, each of whom completely sell the highs and lows of…

  • Rampage

    Rampage

    ★★

    Big, loud, and mind-numbingly stupid, this is everything wrong with the modern blockbuster. Character is nonexistent, aside from the main relationship between Dwayne Johnson and George the gorilla which is diluted down to the most basic of elements itself. The tone is whiplash-inducing, starting relatively audience-friendly but becoming shockingly violent and even mean-spirited. You better believe the film's second half is an hour of destruction porn in which the regard for the lives of the innocent are not just tossed…

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  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    Remarkably intelligent and undeniably ambitious, Christopher Nolan finds the perfect balance of space thrills and human emotion in the truly brilliant Interstellar.

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★★

    J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot have done it once again. The production company's latest mystery box, 10 Cloverfield Lane, is perhaps one of the most inventive sequels in recent memory; that is, if "sequel" is even the right classification for this movie. This film comes eight years after Cloverfield mystified audiences in 2008, yet this film's presentation couldn't be more different. Whereas Cloverfield was a more expansive disaster film full of visual thrills, 10 Cloverfield Lane is claustrophobic, and delivers…