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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★½

    Jaws is to beachgoers as Eighth Grade is to parents deciding between homeschooling and public school for their children.

    Solid directorial feature debut. I'm happy I saw it, even though it mostly depressed me. Glad it had the ending it did. Modern middle/high school is so, so different than it was for me, a guy from the Class of '05. Terrifyingly different.

    Lots of thoughts and not a lot of time to write them, but after the first few minutes…

  • Overlord

    Overlord

    ★★★½

    Let me get this out of the way: 2018 in film has had a LOT of great opening scenes. Overlord's may top them all.

    Now for my takeaway.

    There's this ongoing conversation in the culture about why production companies keep rebooting old franchises from the '80s. Most say it's cashing in on nostalgia. Others say it's because the brand is built and has familiarity. Still, there are some that say there's a feel to those movies that is different than…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★★

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

    The film medium has been used as a canvas for love letters for some time now, but John Krasinski's A Quiet Place is one of the most beautiful and haunting ballads I've seen written for the big screen. It's clear what A Quiet Place is written for - his (and his wife Emily Blunt's) kids - and it's clear what it's about: the lengths a parent will go to make sacrifices for their children, and how frightening and virtuous those…

  • A Monster Calls

    A Monster Calls

    ★★★★★

    “Stories are wild creatures. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”

    Well, A Monster Calls certainly wreaked havoc on my heart, that's for certain.

    Perfect casting. Wonderful illustrations. Dazzling CGI. A moving soundtrack. A story that I don't think I'll ever forget. This film has it all.

    We need more films like this. Movies like A Monster Calls provide healing in a way that is exclusive to this art form. That being said, it's still…