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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    Guillermo del Toro has made his masterpiece. For years I have listened to people rave about his movies. It's not that I didn't like them they just didn't hit me the same way they seemed to hit others. The Shape Of Water hit me like a ton of bricks.

    Debate has raged about whether or not this is a horror film or a love story. The answer is: Yes. It's both of those things and so much more. This is…

  • Downsizing

    Downsizing

    ★★★½

    Alexander Payne is one of the best directors working today. Prior to Downsizing his films were largely character focused, low concept affairs such as Sideways, Nebraska and The Descendants. When I first saw the trailer for Downsizing I was intrigued to see what he could do with a high concept film like this one.

    Downsizing is set in a world where people have the option to shrink themselves down to about 5 inches tall and live in communities built specifically…

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  • Shark Exorcist

    Shark Exorcist

    ★½

    Writing a review for a film like Shark Exorcist is a tough task. How do you judge a movie like this one? It's foolish to sit down and press play on a movie called Shark Exorcist, which has the tagline "Satan has Jaws", and think that you are about to watch a classic piece of cinema in the vein of Citizen Cane or The Godfather. Usually I review low budget horror schlock films with a different set of criteria. That's…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★½

    The Master is the kind of film that makes you believe in the power of movies.

    Paul Thomas Anderson makes movies about people and he has a talent for making even the simplest of stories feel epic. That talent is on full display in The Master. A simple story about an alcoholic veteran who falls in with a new religion.

    Joaquin Phoenix plays Freddie Quell, a naval veteran who comes home from war and tries to settle into life. Freddy…