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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★½

    Tom McCarthy’s journalism procedural is, despite the attention it received during the 2015/16 awards season, an unassuming film. Its style, or lack thereof, is intentionally invisible as to not get in the way of story. The characters are framed as professionals, it rarely devolves into unneeded drama, and its devotion to process craft an earnest, genuine interior to the films weathered exterior. Despite its procedural, plain nature alongside a steady, albeit slow pace- Spotlight keeps audiences in a near-constant state…

  • BlacKkKlansman

    BlacKkKlansman

    ★★★½

    As a pure narrative drama, BlacKkKlansman is somewhat lopsided. It twists into unbalanced shapes in service of provocation, conventionality, humor, and commentary and runs into the limitations of being based on “fo’ real, fo’ real sh*t.” Despite the fact that Lee's heavy-handed polemics are light on cohesion, his words are undoubtedly passionate. The film's coda in particular is effective in yanking audiences from a wacky, racist-buffoon-filled fantasy to the contemporary world. Both the drama and the commentary try to be…

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  • Alien

    Alien

    ★★★★★

    I most likely can't say anything about this film that hasn't been said before but I'll try my best.

    The Positives:
    This film is astonishing. Mr. Scott directs fantastically among the claustrophobic environment of Nostromo. He expertly shoots around the Alien to ensure it arouses the maximum amount of terror without revealing too much of it. He must be commended for not regarding this film as a "B" monster movie, instead a mature, fear-inducing, science fiction film. My favorite aspect…

  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    King Arthur: Legend of the Sword

    ★★

    I left the theater an hour ago and forgot most of what happened. I'm very sorry but this movie is a complete mess. To start, because of the sheer multitude of characters, all of them receive no development and their relationships with the other characters are non-existent. Everyone just pops up once or twice and then they are gone for the rest of the movie. Most of them don't contribute to the plot at all and are just there to…