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  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Eighth Grade

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  • Luck

    ★★

  • They/Them

    ★½

  • Thirteen Lives

    ★★★★

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies

    ★★★½

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  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★

    As a kid, the world is a big, scary place, and as an adult it is, too.

  • Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes

    Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes

    ★★★★½

    Can’t even begin to wrap my head around the amount of outlines, storyboards and rehearsals necessary to craft a film as perfectly plotted and immensely fun as this one. Time travel is a conundrum many writers have attempted to tackle but Makoto Ueda’s script smartly uses its two-minute loop structure to both put boundaries around its premise and create a scenario that’s immediately rewarding. It’s extremely playful, full of inventive twists on a familiar idea. The very gradual raising of the stakes, the clever planting of future payoffs, and the silliness with which it’s all executed makes every moment a super sci-fi joy. Don’t miss it.

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  • Luck

    Luck

    ★★

    This movie uses the worlds of Good Luck and Bad Luck the same way as YouTube sketches that make fun of the Pixar formula

  • They/Them

    They/Them

    ★½

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

    Thought that the idea of a progressive, new-agey gay conversion camp was kind of intriguing.

    The killer going after the camp's staff is a nice subversion of the expectation that the kids will be the victims, as is usually the case in slasher horror.

    Yup, I think I'm out of nice things to say about this one.

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  • The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent

    ★½

    Pretty bold to make your movie a big ode to Nic Cage and fundamentally misunderstand what makes him interesting as an actor. Genuinely feel bad for Cage, whose idiosyncrasies are reduced down to “randomly yells really loud.” The thing that occasionally makes his performances funny is Nic Cage can operate at a different rhythm from the film he’s in or the other actors around him. His choices are incredibly hard to predict. He’ll take a quiet moment and make it…

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★

    Even for a cuckoo clock ass filmmaker this was a cuckoo clock ass movie. Borrow whatever adjectives you normally use to describe Wes Anderson’s work: pretty, pristine, picture-book - they all apply here. This was the first time watching one of his films where I felt that dedication to aesthetic exhaust me.

    There are amusing moments and terrific performances throughout but none of it actually feels inhabited by human beings. It’s flatter than the pages in a magazine.