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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    This was a fun little movie, though I'm glad I had my expectations firmly in check - I expected nothing, and came out pleasantly surprised. These spin-off movies can never hold the same level of interest for me as a saga film, so I have lower and far more relaxed standards. So, while this represented a marked drop in quality and stakes from The Last Jedi, it worked just fine on its own terms.

    Things I liked:

    1. I appreciated…

  • Before Sunrise

    Before Sunrise

    ★★★★★

    This was an absolutely beautiful little film that showcased one of the most believable and compelling pairings I've seen in any film (Celeste + Jesse 4ever). Nothing in particular happens, but the film is mounted in such a way that it feels like you are watching a momentous day in these two people's lives. It perfectly captures what it feels like to be in your early 20s and dive into deep philosophical conversations with random strangers.

    I can't wait to dive deeper into the BCU (Before Cinematic Universe).

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  • Jupiter Ascending

    Jupiter Ascending

    ★★★★★

    Gorgeous, imaginative, fascinating and fun in all the right ways, I love Jupiter Ascending to pieces. I adore the rich word and mythology the Wachowskis establish here, and find the characters likeable and sympathetic. The film, while obviously truncated from a longer version, reveals itself more fully with subsequent viewings, but is, more importantly, an incredibly exhilarating ride from the get-go. It's a modern-day Labyrinth or Wizard of Oz, and I'm amazed by the level of hate and vitriol directed at it. In short, I had more fun with Jupiter Ascending than I've had at the cinema in years.

  • Kingdom of Us

    Kingdom of Us

    ★★★★

    This was a very powerful and emotional documentary that frequently left me in tears. It was perhaps too long and the intensity was occasionally too much for me to handle, but it was very good overall and the director deftly wove together moments of unbearable pain with welcome flashes of tenderness and laughter. Recommended.