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  • Henry & June

    Henry & June

    ★★★★

    I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did - biopics aren't really my thing, especially ones that center a romantic relationship as the be-all end-all of human existence. But Henry & June is really committed to Anais Nin's point of view and approach to life, which is to experience everything and seek out beauty and pleasure. This is a bold way to tell a woman's story to begin with, but the film also never challenges that POV. It…

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Thor: Ragnarok

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The look Cate Blanchett gives Karl Urban when she realizes he's trying to switch back to being a good guy is my everything. She's like "awww muffin, bless your heart."

    Honestly my expectations for this were pretty medium - it seemed like everyone has been like "meh it's fine" so I wasn't expecting to love it as much as I did. The sets and props are so weird and tactile on the trash planet. I loved the colors and designs…

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  • The Village

    The Village

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Beautifully shot and scored, and confoundingly idiotic. I knew about the twist ending and I was still thoroughly confused, and I can only imagine how annoyed I would have been to discover the twist as I was watching it. The reason the twist in The Sixth Sense works so well (spoiler warning for that film, I guess) is that it takes the story from something relatively ordinary and familiar to something new, unexpected, and unfamiliar. It opens the story out.…

  • The Suckling

    The Suckling

    ★★★½

    Some elements of this are hilariously bad (most of the acting and dialogue, some of the camera work), while others are really impressive for a movie of any budget (the creature effects!). I'm tempted to say the creature effects are TOO good for this film, but there are a few moments of creative insanity that actually bring the film up to the level of the special effects, however briefly.

    Mostly this movie made me laugh at our ideas about what…