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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★

    Booksmart was great and I recognized almost every character as someone in my life (especially Jared and his recursive shirt.) It's a movie that refuses to allow anyone to be one dimensional and is surprisingly warm and optimistic in a way I'm not used to in modern comedy.

    I was definitely an Amy in high school.

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Godzilla (2014) - Salvation via Sea Dinosaur

    As a lifetime Godzilla fan, I couldn't have been more thrilled by the first teaser for Gareth Edwards' (known for directing 2010's Monsters) revival of the franchise. It's a dark, haunting glimpse at a world devastated by disaster in a way that immediately calls forth memories of the original 1954 Godzilla film; a sombre horror film unflinchingly examining the consequence of the nuclear bomb. It's a brutal minute and a half of footage,…

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  • Blindspotting

    Blindspotting

    ★★★★

    Another excellent directorial debut! Blindspotting is a slow-burn class/race/gender study that doesn't pull any punches. It's a cleverly constructed film where it's easy to focus on one of its social criticisms while missing another, trying into the film's thesis that we all create blind spots consciously or unconsciously. Features a very effective use of intrusive memories and nightmares. Daveed Diggs is great here, with a simmering build up that erupts in a powerful, poetic ending.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    I haven't been to church in years but good crisis/lapse of faith stories hit me hard, and this one doubles down on that by focusing on environmental collapse. Ethan Hawke's portrayal of a well-meaning priest stricken by pains both physical and existential is one of my favorites of the year, and Amanda Seyfried and Philip Ettinger's troubled parishioner characters are excellently realized. Every struggle in the film, from each of its characters, is one I've either been through or can…