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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    Tom Holland who?

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    ★★★

    The use of an in-universe longform YouTube video to deliver this movie's exposition is so well-done and so very 2019 that I'm surprised it hasn't been done 1,000 times already.

    Most of this movie is rather sweaty - people and ideas are dropped rather abruptly, and there's large parts that feel half-baked. Despite that, I found this movie kind of charming, a testament to the talent of the main actors and actresses. Billy Crudup is one of our most reliable…

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  • I'm Actually Laughing: Chapo Trap House, Election Night 2016

    I'm Actually Laughing: Chapo Trap House, Election Night 2016

    ★★★★

    "If we're on stage and, like, North Carolina - Trump, Michigan - Trump, Florida - Trump, the energy in the room is going to get very weird..."

    This may easily be the most overtly political review I ever write on this site. Among the most essential primary source documents about the 2016 Presidential election, there's the video of Hillary Clinton just chilling in Cedar Rapids, the footage of Jeb Bush begging his audience to please clap, and this half-hour documentary…

  • Spider-Man 2

    Spider-Man 2

    ★★★★★

    The GOAT. Nothing else compares.

    This movie understands two things about the character of Spider-Man. The first is that Spider-Man is the every-man. Every man, woman, or child can see themselves in the role. The scene with Aunt May explaining that "there's a hero in all of us" is the film's thesis statement. It's right there, plain as day. We can all be heroic, even if we might not swing around New York City in red tights. The uplifting message…