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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    Oh, baby. This is the Spider-Man film I've been waiting for. From the first moments to the last, it's perfection. Miles Morales just became my new favorite Spider-Man.

    For my full review, tune in to The Next Reel's podcast here.

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★½

    A big, bold movie with a big, bold ending. I love it and can't wait for more.

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  • Miller's Crossing

    Miller's Crossing

    ★★★★

    I always go back and forth on whether I like this film or not, but rewatching it, I really found myself captivated by the characters and, in particular, Tommy's journey into isolation.

    I don't think I'd classify this as a gangster genre film, even though that's its subject. It's not really a crime story either. It's really a character piece about a character whose motivations are always hidden, and half the time seemingly even from himself.

    Sonnenfeld's cinematography and Burwell's score are standouts in this film. Production design, casting, direction -- all spot-on.

    Great film.

  • The Counselor

    The Counselor

    Ergh. (That's for you, Chris.)

    What happened here? Ridley Scott. Cormac McCarthy. A ridiculously talented cast. A ridiculously talented crew.

    I love McCarthy's books and 2 of his movie adaptations. Maybe I should blame him for a nonsensical, overly talky story? There were so many monologues, I actually began hoping someone would finally say, "Oh, you caught me monologuing!"

    There were a few great scenes, but those paired with the rest didn't add up to a cohesive story. Not to…