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  • Bird Box

    Bird Box

    ★★

    The real victims in this movie? The birds. Living in a dark box, undoubtedly filled with their own shit, being shaken violently for days on a river. Just a family of shit-covered, concussed birds.

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★

    Has some of the same flaws as other highly reverential literary adaptations, but it's so beautifully shot, acted, and scored that I didn't really care.

  • Mary Poppins Returns

    Mary Poppins Returns

    ★★★

    The people that complained about The Force Awakens being beat-for-beat like Star Wars would have a field day here.

    The whole movie seems to hinge upon "remember loving this scene in Mary Poppins? Then you'll love THIS!" I should be getting swept away in this world, not feeling the filmmaker/studio orchestrating it. The movie looks exactly like a big-budget movie musical should, and Blunt is great... but it kept me at arm's length upon initial viewing, I'm depressed to report.…

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

    Ralph Breaks the Internet

    ★★★

    Thought this fell squarely into the "fine" category, though it's pretty cool to see a giant motion picture for kids tackling the issue of toxic masculinity.

  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★

    People shit on Sorkin for giving us things like "Zuck created Facebook to impress a girl" and "Jobs created the iPod to impress his daughter," but at least Sorkin is *trying* to give us some understanding of these power-mad weirdos. McKay doesn't even bother. We just get a title card that touts how hard it is to make a movie on someone so secretive, which gets a good laugh, but in retrospect feels like a shoddy excuse for a complete…

  • Support the Girls

    Support the Girls

    ★★★★½

    "And the Oscar goes to... Junglepussy!"

    This'll cut to the core of anyone who's worked in the service industry. It'll also cut to the core of anyone who hasn't.

  • Bodied

    Bodied

    ★★★★

    Wickedly funny and mercifully free of easy answers. Kahn is an audacious lunatic, and God bless him for keeping this movie from being the absolute cringefest it could've been in nearly anyone else's hands.

  • Bumblebee

    Bumblebee

    ★★★

    RON: STEPDAD OF THE YEAR

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    Holy shit, I loved a movie about British royalty.

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★★½

    I've seen plenty of character studies focused on assholes where they clearly wanted me to care, but instead I just thought, "Fuck this movie, those people are assholes." This movie got me to care but didn't really shy away from the characters' assholery. Major props on walking that difficult tightrope.

  • Creed II

    Creed II

    ★★★

    WHAT HAPPENED TO ROCKY'S LAMP? DID IT EVER GET FIXED

  • Aquaman

    Aquaman

    ★★★★

    The undersea JUPITER ASCENDING. I use this as the highest of compliments.