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  • Band Aid

    Band Aid

    ★★★★½

    Two things are clear after finishing this.  Zoe Lister-Jones is a talent to be reckoned with as a writer and director.  And Adam Pally deserves those charged leading roles he's been toeing for a while.

    The film has a few rocky patches here and there that disrupt the momentum at the worst times but everything that works really works, really well.  Both Jones and Pally are phenomenal in every second.  The script is sharp and clever.  The comic timing from…

  • The Bad Batch

    The Bad Batch

    ★★★★

    Pretty sure I can put The Bad Batch in the top five strangest films I've seen in an actual theatre.  On the way across the country, I decided to stop in Austin and made my first visit to a Drafthouse.  I'm glad I did it and I'm glad I saw such a fucking weird movie on this pilgrimage of mine.  Seeing films like this always makes my heart happy and reinvigorates my soul.  I want to see more films like…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    A passionate love letter to passion and love. I don't have a lot here, La La Land is lovely and pristine and a lot more real than I ever expected.

    A love story between two people, one in love with performing and one in love with jazz, although it's not immediately clear the true parameters of this love story.

    I was pretty deeply surprised by where this went in its arc and follow through concerning the logical progressions for what…

  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

    A sharp and incisive satire and a decent horror film. The line between the two is tricky to maintain here and it never really finds a strong balance. Every time we start building tension or dread or mystery or unease with the racial undertones and general weird vibe Peele masterfully concocts, the film pinwheels and fumbles to push us through to the straight horror elements, to shove the narrative forward, to cut back to the bumbling sidekick character.

    It has…