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  • Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    ★★★★★

    One reason why this giddy film works so well is that any self-awareness or reminders that we’re here ten years later are kept to an absolute bare minimum. No one’s winking at the camera or wasting any time cracking jokes that will fade as the film gets older. Everyone’s here to have a good time and you’ll enjoy these ABBA tunes, dammit. If you really looked closely between this film and its predecessor, there are holes where things don’t match…

  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    ★★★★★

    I still have not shared my full thoughts on this particular film, but I did feel the stress in my life invading this specific screening, and I only cried 3-4 times compared to the minimum 6. And I'm crying now.

    I will say that I have a special place in my heart for each of the experiences of seeing this in theaters. I am incredibly grateful for every time I can go.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★★

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

    Is there any other contemporary director I feel comfortable with to helm the Blade Runner sequel, other than Ridley himself?

    No.

    I was running just as fast as Dr. Banks to figure out all of the pieces at the end, and I think I made out well. There's one line of dialogue between Louise and Ian at the end that I need to rewatch for, but otherwise, I left the theater feeling challenged.

    Arrival's core question isn't all that foreign,…

  • Sausage Party

    Sausage Party

    ★★★

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

    So, I thought the comparison between Firewater and God was pretty amusing, in addition to his disgust with how his song has been bent in ways to oppress others. However, the heavy-handed message for the remainder of the film didn't feel like it could inspire anyone. Bluntness can work in comedy's favor, but not always.

    The film really isn't funny, to be honest. Its "jokes" are built on swearing and racist stereotypes. I did my best trying to figure out…