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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★½

    Admirably bleak but thematically blunt. I still prefer DAWN and its knotty portrayal of the difficulty of peace in a species (well, multiple species) that prefer conflict. This one is more like... maybe people are bad and should give the monkeys a chance to take over. To which I’m like, nahhhhhhh.

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★

    Not seeing the criticism here about the denouement being too long, I thought the film was perfectly paced, giving time to moments that are usually elided over in other rom-coms. I guess people knowing how things ended up kind of gave them some impatience, but I was so enamored with these people and there story that I was happy for as much time with them as I could have.

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  • High and Low

    High and Low

    ★★★★★

    Stunning. This might be a 10 on another viewing just because it is so knotty and there’s no way I caught everything that is wonderful about this film. But I caught a lot. Best blocking of any film ever? Probably. Best sunglasses? Definitely. This is a goddam motion picture, folks. And please, my God, anyone who is planning to make a movie that makes use of space (every movie ever), please study how this film makes sure that we know exactly where everyone is in relation to everyone else at all times. Study that tailing scene in the streets! Study it!

  • The Book of Henry

    The Book of Henry

    ½

    Caught this on opening night in noted film capital New York City and my friend and I were the only people in the theater. That was the best part. This movie is just an awful mess, tonally all over the place, insanely misguided at best, offensively manipulative at worst. It doesn't even TRY to have a point. I have no idea how anyone could pick up this script and be like, "yes, I want to make this. This speaks to…