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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★★★

    Grade: MASTERPIECE (5 out of 5)

    "Why so seriou--- Wait, that's not it.

    "You ever dance with the devil in the pale--- No, that's not it either.

    "Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?"
    -Arthur Fleck

    In 2016, New York City (aka Gotham) had 335 homicides, which was nearly one homicide a day. Sounds rough? Well, in 1981, New York City had 1,826 homicides! This carnival of crime is the setting of Todd Phillips' Joker. Add…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★½

    Endgame Grade: HALL OF FAME
    Marvel Cinematic Universe Grade: MASTERPIECE

    This review is guaranteed to be completely SPOILER-FREE!

    Dear Marvel,

    You had a unique vision for a series of movies that would weave a massive tapestry of a story. The only way this vision would become a reality is if you had trust in viewers to be dedicated enough to watch every movie and smart enough not to get lost in the story.

    Your trust in us was well placed,…

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  • Zombieland

    Zombieland

    ★★★½

    Grade: GOOD (3.5 out of 5)

    Upon second viewing, I found that while Zombieland is not a truly great film, it is a truly memorable one. The action is not particularly engaging and the last scene at the theme park is a bizarre mess, but the clever comedy and Woody Harrelson's charisma are enough to push Zombieland over the edge...with a little help from Bill Murray. This is a film that is greater than the sum of its body parts! Sorry, couldn't help myself.

    Rule #39: Bill Murray always makes a movie better.

  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★★

    Grade: ABOVE AVERAGE (3 out of 5)

    Jim Jarmusch takes on the living dead, and the result is an angry and pointless version of a zombie outbreak in Twin Peaks. 

    In The Dead Don’t Die, Jarmusch shows his distaste for the zombie genre by dismantling the tropes, making the main characters indifferent to the zombies, and not really caring where the story goes. 

    Instead the director focuses on quirky characters that feel plucked out of a Twin Peaks episode. The…

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

    Grade: MASTERPIECE (5 out of 5)

    Denis Villeneuve has been making expertly crafted and deeply thought provoking films for a decade, and Arrival might be his best project.

    Villeneuve talks about language, the perception of time, and how those aspects affect the decisions we make in our lives, while also crafting a thrilling and engaging Sci-Fi classic that is able to stand alongside other classics of the genre such as Tarkovsky's Solaris.

    There is no need to go into details…

  • Mississippi Grind

    Mississippi Grind

    ★★★½

    Grade: GOOD (3.5 out of 5)

    Mississippi Grind is a small stakes movie about two friends lost in the world headed straight for the bottom. Not much happens story-wise in this movie; instead, the focus is on the characters. Fortunately, Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn turn in believable performances and their chemistry together makes the movie worth watching.

    At its core, Mississippi Grind connects the viewer with two guys who have lost most of what once made them happy, and…