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  • Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★½

  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    ★★★

  • Boiling Point

    ★★★½

  • Greyhound

    ★★★

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★★

    This is only the beginning.

    After being pushed back a year, Denis Villeneuve’s Dune is finally here. A cavernous, space-sprawling epic that warrants being experienced on the biggest screen possible. Based on the novel of the same name, Herbert’s world is bleakly translated to the screen in a most fitting way. Though the film wastes no time throwing you into the deep-end, its beautifully tight structure washes over you and transports you into the sandy, wide vistas of Arrakis. An…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    LFF Film #4

    You have to allow this one to simmer once the lights come up.

    Jane Campion has returned to directing after 12 years with the slow-burning epic, The Power of the Dog. Wide vistas wrap around a sharp-focused, deeply engaging story that reveals the delectable layers of its intricate characters. Dispersed into chapters, Campion’s film unfolds in a brutal couple of hours that begs you to remain invested, no matter how dreary it might feel; because beneath the gorgeous…

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  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★★½

    Oh my god. Do you hear that? That’s my heart breaking and falling in love with another film.

    The rain-soaked carnival setting for the first portion of this is a feast for the eyes, then enters Cate Blanchett and it takes on a whole new life. Honestly, each chunk could be a mini-feature in itself, but the way Guillermo weaves through this tapestry of lust and betrayal is so dangerously inviting. Bradley Cooper is an incredible stand-out (this is his…

  • From Up on Poppy Hill

    From Up on Poppy Hill

    ★★★

    Better than Tales from Earthsea but still fairly unfulfilling as a whole. Beautiful animation as is always the case for Studio Ghibli, so even when the story or characters aren’t as captivating, you can bet the visuals will be.

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  • The Suicide Squad

    The Suicide Squad

    ★★½

    It started off so well. 

    Those opening 15/20 minutes were awesome; great jokes, fun action, complete uncertainty of what would happen. And then it went in a downward spiral of being edgy for the sake of being edgy, just seeming to drag on and on. Gunn knows how to write his characters, that much should be said. Just like with Guardians, he takes these complicated, misfit characters and makes them loveable. Unfortunately, it just didn’t feel like he knew exactly…

  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★½

    I never thought I’d mention Leonardo DiCaprio, Timothée Chalamet and Ariana Grande together in a sentence, but they saved this film.

    Here we are years after Adam McKay’s Vice, with the star-studded, Netflix-backed Don’t Look Up. Given my relationship with McKay’s films, I went into this with little expectation as I find him to be very hit or miss as a filmmaker. Don’t Look Up doesn’t hit.

    It’s a social commentary on humanity’s ignorance and negligence. It’s clear what the…