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  • Happy Death Day

    Happy Death Day

    ★★½

    Who has a baby as a mascot?

  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★½

    Chazelle had quite a task here to differentiate the film from THE RIGHT STUFF and APOLLO 13. Although there are many unavoidable similarities amongst the films, the focus he takes with Neil Armstrong and his interpersonal struggles keeps the film engaging. Claire Foy (Neil Armstrongs wife) gives a really strong performance and provides an emotional counter punch to the stoic demeanor and flaws of Neil Armstrong.

    There is an emotional climax at the end of the film that I dont…

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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★½

    A serious film about grief and existentialism featuring a man covered in a bed sheet with holes cut into it for his eyes sounded like it would be a huge disaster. David Lowery delivered a truly epic film and wasn't afraid to use moments of unconventionally long silence to convey the tone and feeling of what it may be like experience loss of a loved one. The square aspect ratio throughout the film creates a feeling of claustrophobia. The subtle camera movements and how passage of time was conveyed was brilliant.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★★★

    25 years ago the last all-Asian Hollywood produced film came out called THE JOY LUCK CLUB. I was 11 years old and I remember eagerly seeking it out. I was enamored by all the Asian faces that are speaking English. Never mind that I wasn't really mature enough to appreciate the film at that age. Maybe that was the beginning of our big break in Hollywood. But it didn't exactly work out that way. At least not right away. Even…