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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★★

    I’ve talked about this movie so much that my parents asked to see it. Dad was on board but Mom HATED it. Historically, Mom has hated just about every movie I’ve asked her to see because it was “important” to me: “La La Land,” “Scott Pilgrim,” “Across The Universe,” “Serenity”… she was even noticeably underwhelmed at the 30th anniversary screening of “Ferris Bueller” the family attended last year. Guys, does my Mom maybe not like me?

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★½

    It’s always exciting when a film is able to live up to the hype AND to your own expectations. As both a comedy nerd and a podcast nerd (and thus I guess a comedy podcast nerd?), I was already familiar with Emily Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani’s story and I thought it was brought to life beautifully. As a film, it’s a pure and simple joy; a refreshing dose of warmth and sincerity and good-heartedness that is honestly too rare.

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  • Inglourious Basterds

    Inglourious Basterds

    ★★★★★

    I can't even think of words to describe the ways I love this movie. Masterfully clever, shocking, nail-bitingly tense, hilarious - the cast is a once in a lifetime cavalcade of awesome and I have no doubt that there are a number of scenes that will be studied in film classes years from now. Definitely Quentin Tarantino's most mature, coherent film and arguably his best. QT deserved the Best Original Screenplay Oscar this year and it is a travesty that Melanie Laurent wasn't even nominated for her performance.

  • In Bruges

    In Bruges

    ★★★★

    Not at all what I was expecting - in a good way. Funny, interesting and surprisingly somber at times; I can see myself revisiting this film quite a bit in the future.