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  • Loving

    Loving

    ★★★★

    Maybe this should be a 4.5, but I feel like it does go to a couple biopic-y moments at times that take it down. Ruth Negga is the heart and soul, she's wonderful, but i feel like she's let down by some of the actors around her. Edgerton is good but doesn't get an awful lot to work with.

  • Spaceballs

    Spaceballs

    Painful to watch. Every single joke is so lazy, so cheap, scraping the absolute bottom of wherever it's scraping. The jokes are so slow, there is no build-up, and it feels like everything was written and put together in a day.

  • Hidden Figures

    Hidden Figures

    ★★½

    It's a decent flick, for sure, and it's got some decent performances, but it's very, very generic. Outside of Taraji P. Henson's character, the characters aren't really explored that much.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    Definitely feeling a little light to me when it comes to the characters. They are pretty much only what they say, we don't really learn anything interesting about them. I'm also not completely sold on the ending. I get what it's going for, but it felt a little bit like having it both ways and that's just not earned. Apart from that, though, it's incredibly well-made, and I loved all the colours and fade-ins and the sense of movie magic.

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★

    I have the same problem with this as I had with Beginners. It feels very montage-y at times, and I don't know why he goes for the same schtick with the old-time photos. It's like he doesn't know how to evoke the time period by himself so he goes for the pictures to let us know what he means. And his use of voice over is incredibly lazy. Everyone gets a say just so we can know what they're thinking.…

  • The One I Love

    The One I Love

    ★★★★

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

    Really strong performances, especially Mark Duplass, and they carry it through almost everything here. I like that it isn't really explained, and I would say my only real problem with the film is its use of humour. There are times when the score is definitely going for a silly comedy vibe like "uh-oh, what's gonna happen noooow?" and I just wanted it to play it more straight and really tackle what was happening.

  • Beginners

    Beginners

    ★★★

    There's just no real drive to anything here. I was on board for the first 20 minutes or so, but then it stops and just starts spinning its wheels with the same situations over and over again. It kind of plays out like a montage. There's hardly any real scenes here, everything is constantly in the past, remembered, voice-overed, always floating just out of reach, and that just makes it impossible to connect to. It does definitely have its moments, though, and overall I would say it's decent.

  • The Edge of Seventeen

    The Edge of Seventeen

    ★★★½

    It's got good performances, especially the guy that played Erwin and Woody are fun, but overall it plays in the zone that's not quite real, a bit over the top, and while it does it well, it's just not my favourite teen movie zone. I definitely prefer something like The Spectacular Now over this.

  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★★

    Tony Scott just knew how to make great films, endlessly rewatchable films. Made it look so easy.

  • Flow

    Flow

    ★★★★

    Classic story, but it's done really well. For a debut film, it's pretty impressive. Looks good, the acting feels very real, and for a film about music, it really delivers. Definitely had me on board whenever the tracks were playing and the whole world just feels real.

  • The Accountant

    The Accountant

    ★½

    Just incredibly boring and uninspired. Feels so formulaic, there's really nothing interesting about it. It plays out like a tv series or something like that, mixed with a bit of superhero origins in some scenes.

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★

    I never really connected with anything here. A case of it looking good, clearly being well made, but me not loving it, just appreciating it. It feels like it should have been much rougher and disoriented because of Jackie's state, but I guess the restrained nature of the film mirrors her stoicism.