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  • District 9

    District 9

    ★★★★★

    District 9 was a movie I loved since it originally came out in 2009. I watched it a lot when it came out on Blu-ray and I know a bunch of the lines by heart. But time went by where I didn't watch it. Last week I decided to revisit a favorite of mine and I fell back in love hard. D9 is truly a great film, and one of the generation's best science fiction films. It combines compelling social…

  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    War for the Planet of the Apes closes the Apes prequel trilogy in a grand fashion. This trilogy is the rare one where each film is better than the last. Everything about this movie is incredible. From production value to writing, to the acting. The motion capture is the best I've ever seen, with the most impressive CGI in film. The apes looked as real as they possibly could. Not one visual effect looked spotty. But this isn't just a…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    La La Land is a magical experience, to put it simply. It's uplifting yet sad at times, but with an ending that sends your emotions soaring. Like some people say, I laughed, I cried. I felt incredibly connected to the characters, and I really wanted to see them succeed both as a couple and to achieve their dreams. You'll have to watch the movie to see if they succeed. Both Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone give great performances, excelling at…

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    Wow. What a powerful and riveting piece of filmmaking this is. Spotlight has a powerhouse ensemble cast, and had the chance of becoming an acting showcase, but instead, the performances are there to enhance the film's story. This is very much a plot driven film, and while not my favorite approach, I was very much invested in the plot. But I don't want to diminish the acting, because everyone does an excellent job. The stand out is the award worthy…