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  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★½

    "There are incredibly intricate moments of mechanics and small subtle moments of personality that turn these hunks of plastic into living breathing beings. Nothing impresses me more than seeing these puppets tear up in real time. It’s a true feat of cinematic magic that never fails to amaze when it is showcased."

    Full Review: marianithomas.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/isle-of-dogs-2018-woofs-and-yips-abound/

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★

    “A Quiet Place isn’t a silent film. Yes. You heard me right. A Quiet Place doesn’t turn the evolutionary wheel of film back to the early ages. Despite the gimmick that centers around this family trying to survive by staying silent, sound plays a crucial role that’s more than terror inducing. A Quiet Place uses sound the way a great composer uses the various types of instruments at their disposal. The loud bangs aren’t just there to create jump scares. They escalate tension and a sense of desperation through the limited yet powerful use of sound.”

    Full Review: marianithomas.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/a-quiet-place-2018-strong-silent-cinema/

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  • The Empire Strikes Back

    The Empire Strikes Back

    ★★★★★

    Many have claimed that The Empire Strikes Back is, in many respects, the superior film of the original Star Wars trilogy and the entire Star Wars saga as a whole (which, for the record, isn't very hard when you include those other three films in the equation). The themes are darker, the characters are fleshed out, the newer characters serve to give the universe further depth and the reveal during the climax is often cited as one of the most…

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★★★★

    Not much can really be said about Short Term 12. I'll put it simply; it makes you lose all faith in humanity... and then regain it in the span of 96 minutes. Brie Larson deserves that Best Actress statue now. One of the years best, if not thee best. SEE. IT.