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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    Guillermo del Toro has reached greatness before (Pan's Labyrinth), but never has that greatness been so goddamned perfect. I could nitpick a few flaws, if I wanted to, but I don't really want to. Perfection is impossible because humanity is imperfect. When something comes as goddamned close to perfection as The Shape of Water does, you don't nitpick it. You just praise whatever god you believe in (and if you believe in none, praise the creative ideal) that this film…

  • It

    It

    ★★

    A revamped, glossy, modern version of IT. Director Andy Muschietti (whose only other film you've heard of is Mama) goes all in on jump scares and jittery special effects.

    About two and a half years ago I read the first half of Stephen King's novel, although I never finished it (something I intend to rectify when I get a Kindle edition of the book). I do know, however, that the book (and the first film from 1990) are split into…

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  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★★★

    In college I was an English major with a minor in Journalism. I went that route because Journalism was the only English-related minor that, at my University, an English major could take. But as I went through the classes to get my minor, I came to realize two things:

    1. I had a deep love of what newspaper do and a respect for the people who write the stories.

    2. My personality would never hold up in the journalistic world.…

  • Joy

    Joy

    ★½

    David O. Russell needs to pause for a moment and look at the career of Tim Burton. Tim Burton started off as an intriguing, creative director, but then he fell in love with Johnny Depp and Helen Bonham Carter and he stopped making movies, he started making backyard jungle gyms for his new infatuations to play about in. Quality tanked, movies sucked, life goes on because there are plenty of movies out there to watch that aren't Burton/Carter/Depp lovefests.

    David…