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  • Gentlemen Broncos

    Gentlemen Broncos

    ★★★★

    If you liked the concept of a “liger” as seen in Napoleon Dynamite and you wish there was a feature film full of that aesthetic, you’ve come to the right place.

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

    Raiders of the Lost Ark

    ★★★★½

    Actually not quite as good as I remember it; Raiders of the Lost Ark has those classic Spielberg moments here and there, but they feel shorter than memory serves. On the whole, I’d chalk this up as having more in common with some of the better Bond films. Beautiful sets and cinematography and visual effects (for its time), but what holds this a bit back for me is, ironically, Indiana Jones himself. I think, without the trilogy that follows which him some further backstory, he’s not quite the most interesting protagonist. Still, there’s no denying the visual iconic nature of this movie.

  • A Cure for Wellness

    A Cure for Wellness

    ★★½

    Calling Gore Verbinski a "visionary director" is certainly a stretch of imagination, but Verbinski certainly has a way of imbuing some form of fantasy and whimsicality into all of his works. For me, it's no surprise that his most recent film, A Cure For Wellness, falls a bit flat in terms of really hitting the mark of being a true 'psychological horror' film. Undeniably, this is a visually-stunning work, but the abundance of style adds up to an overall shallow…

  • Border

    Border

    ★★★★

    Very very very deserving of the Prix Un Certain Regard award from Cannes.

  • Mustang

    Mustang

    ★★★½

    David Ehrlich was right on the money with this one: Mustang really plays out like the Turkish Virgin Suicides, with “Turkish” being the operative word.

  • Destination Wedding

    Destination Wedding

    ★★★

    If you ever wanted to see what it’d be like if Before Sunset was cheekily remade with Keanu Reeves (essentially John Wick) trying to win over Winona Ryder, this is definitely for you. The dialogue is quite a bit overwritten and awkward, but I found it lovable. Keanu’s character had me laughing every other line.

    Please consider this my formal request for a trilogy of Keanu Reeves & Winona Ryder romcoms.

  • Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

    Hannah Gadsby: Nanette

    ★★★★★

    Pro tip, don’t go into it expecting some standup set where you’re codled and told topical little jokes. Hannah Gadsby brings up some much needed discussion about the historical (and continued) oppression of non-cis folk, tying it into art history throughout. Ends on quite an emotional and powerful note. Incredible food for thought. It’s the kind of challenging material we never see these days in standup sets. Essential viewing for everyone.

  • The Belko Experiment

    The Belko Experiment

    ★★

    Thanks to The Belko Experiment, I have now been made aware of good Spanish covers for two of my favorite songs, Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and The Mamas & The Papas’ “California Dreamin”.

    As the other reviews describe, this film is really just Battle Royale minus any memorable characters or character development. A good bit of pulpy fun, but for people seeking some really gory out-of-this-world death sequences, there are so many more movies out there more worth your time.

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★½

    Though Isle of Dogs tells a fairly simple but extremely heartwarming story, the film should be known for its unprecedented technical feats in stop-motion. This is a landmark movie in terms size and scope, with the astonishing level of meticulousness and detail that people have come to love from Wes. The Japanese backdrop is superbly made and neatly contains the characters and lore. An essential release for 2018.

  • Die Hard

    Die Hard

    ★★★★★

    What an amazing way to close out 2018.

  • The Tale

    The Tale

    ★★★★½

    Essential viewing about sexual assault, victim-hood, and the repressed (and often distorted) memories that can accompany our traumatic childhood experiences. A master class performance from Laura Dern and child actor Isabelle Nélisse. Shoutouts to Common for playing an incredibly supportive and level-headed spouse.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★½

    Need to watch this again sometime, but this is most likely a 21st-century masterpiece, on par with Taxi Driver.