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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    “Bury me in the ocean with my ancestors that jumped from the ships. Because they knew death was better than bondage.”


    Admittedly not a fan of the superhero movies, but this is so much more than that. An unabashed and complex morality is present throughout every character, which is something you never seem to find in blockbuster superhero films anymore. The way it makes you sympathize with the “villain’s” mission and the way that it WORKS is so brilliant.


    The…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★½

    Happy Valentine's Day.

    One of the best things about this film to me is that even with the screenplay running nearly 180 pages, it's still one of the tightest and most precise films I've ever seen. The way each and every scene begins with a punctuation of the scene's purpose, evolves into character-driven dialogue and interaction and ends with a re-punctuation of the scene's purpose with a teaser of exactly is to come in the next scene is...perfect.

    Not a…

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  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★★

    FRANCES HA is like a warm hug. I adore this film, and Greta, endlessly. Her ability to craft characters that are so uniquely human and "real" is something not many people can do. This is my fourth time seeing this movie, and I have to say it doesn't get any less enjoyable.

    My favorite, technical, part of FRANCES HA is its ability to combine jumpy, short cuts with remarkably strong long takes. Some scenes go through smash cut after smash…

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel

    The Grand Budapest Hotel

    ★★★★★

    I cannot believe it took me so long to see this and I cannot believe how much fun it was to watch. Wes Anderson is a genius with the camera, with his screenplay, and with his storytelling ability.

    To create a fantasy world still so heavily grounded in reality AND to explore the dynamics of a father/son relationship not *actually* between a father and son AND to explore how greed can turn evil men into men that are even more…