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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★½

    While Three Billboards exceeded my expectations in many ways, it wasn’t always in ways that elevated the movie to an upper echelon. For one, I thought the movie would be a lot more political in its messaging and focus on modern issues sweeping America. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to see it focus on its characters, their lives in this small town, and how they interact with each other and the drama that occupies their own lives. I don’t know…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    Marvel Studios has always been at it’s best when it focuses on smaller and more personal stories. These stories also succeed when they’re unique to the character. Spider-Man: Homecoming focuses on Peter’s story of discovering his powers while maneuvering coming-of-age and high school. Iron Man 3 is great because it strips back the chauvinistic hero and focuses on the effects that Stark’s actions have on his psyche. This is not to say the grand action of the Avengers films or…

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  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★★

    This is a movie that knowingly and exceedingly challenges the viewer. You spend 101 minutes rooting for the film’s horrific anti-hero. Hell, I wouldn’t even be opposed to an argument that calls him it’s villain. But Robert Pattinson is so charismatic, caring, and powerful that his ability to captivate dissipates any want to hope for his downfall. This is the kind of performance that television shows dream they can acquire and develop over a six season run. For Pattinson to…