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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★

    Throws its hypocritical, holy roller character under the bus early, which provides some misdirection for a story that is very literarily a bible story about a pair of outcasts who face injustice, prejudice, malice and (the movie not inaccurately suggests) satanic evil in their effort to bring love and hope into the world.

    “This is a sacrament.”

    No one makes movies that look or feel or sound the way Barry Jenkins movies do.

    ++++
    The next morning, still thinking about…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★

    Mind-meltingly inventive throughout, but particularly in its opening half. Miles is a brilliant creation who feels authentic while also pulling off the burden of being a stand-in for everyone that comic book (movies) have, until very recently, ignored. Genuinely moved by the message that anyone can be Spider-Man, anyone can be a hero. Music was great, too.

    I did feel like the balance of comedy and pathos got uneven and was occasionally misguided in the home stretch. A lot needs…

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  • John Wick

    John Wick

    ★★★★

    Like if Damien Chazelle had studied murder in college instead of jazz.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    I've taken all of your criticisms into account and have determined that you're all wrong.