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  • The United States vs. Billie Holiday

    The United States vs. Billie Holiday

    ★★★

    Andra Day carries this movie impressively, showing Holiday as a fully fleshed out complicated woman capable of both great generosity and great selfishness. It makes her story more engaging to watch than a lot of biopics. It's a sobering look at how far our government can be willing to go to avoid looking bad. The musical performances are great as well, particularly when we DO finally get to hear "Strange Fruit" in its entirety. This is worth a watch, especially…

  • Jesus Christ Superstar

    Jesus Christ Superstar

    ★★★½

    This film takes a fourth-wall-breaking approach to the narrative, featuring a group of actors traveling to the desert, performing the show, and traveling back home. It's a creative choice that lets the performances and cinematography shine. And they do! Carl Anderson as Judas is especially electrifying, with incredible renditions of "Heaven On Their Minds" and "Damned for All Time." Where the film maybe lacks a bit is in the original musical source itself. "Gethsemane" is a great tune but only…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★

    Like so many movies by the Coens, I'm not exactly sure what to make of this. I like individual moments, but I'm not certain I can say it hangs together as a whole. My least favorite thing about the Coens has always been their ending choices, which frequently feel like they just abruptly stopped making the movie, rather than actually *ending* their story. That is definitely the case here, and I am once again left unsatisfied and a little puzzled…

  • Guardians of the Galaxy

    Guardians of the Galaxy

    ★★★★½

    At this point, this is my favorite Marvel superhero movie (I had to think for a bit about whether I liked it better than Iron Man, but I'm going to go with yes). It's what I wanted The Avengers to be: a light-hearted adventure with delightful characters and some surprisingly moving emotional moments. And I knew pretty early on I was going to love it. Specifically, the moment where Chris Pratt dances through the alien cave. The humor running throughout…