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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★★

    “Do you feel held by him?”

    The fairy tales of old are filled with gruesome fates and macabre ends. Pecked eyes, eaten children, and sliced heels litter the stories that have been Disneyfied for today’s children, and their morals were on display in more aggressive ways. 

    What Aster has done with Midsommar is a revival of such storytelling in a modern fashion. Midsommar is a simple story, a short fairy tale, but fleshed out by its details. The Fairy tales…

  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    “The past is just a story we tell ourselves.”


    Her’s premise is simple. A successful computer company develops an operating system with sentience, and a man falls in love with the AI. Considering the simplicity of the idea, Her has no right to be the deeply reflective and layered masterpiece that it is. 

    Spike Jonze crafts a film about loneliness, humanity, love, isolation, loss, and the reemergence of hope. Theodore, played with impressive precision and rich emotion by Joaquin Phoenix,…

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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★

    “I’m trash.”
    Charming as ever, the Toy Story franchise continues to tell heartwarming stories with loveable characters. Better than 3, but still lacking the heights of 1 and 2 (maybe that’s nostalgia talking), Toy Story 4 introduces new faces, reinforces old, and brings back the specific brand of humors the films are known for. 

    There are maybe some missed opportunities here and there, and I’m not sure why Buzz is treated like such a moron this time round, but overall a good time.

  • The Shallows

    The Shallows

    ★★

    Remove that last “s” and the title has some accuracy.

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  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★★

    “You’ll meet a bitch named Nutmeg. Tell her Chief says, ‘I’ll see you in Megasaki.’”


    Isle of Dogs is Wes Anderson at his best. It’s bright, quirky, quick, clever, and just plain good. It’s a tribute to not only Japanese culture, but the unbridled companionship that a dog can provide. What more can I say? It was phenomenal.

  • The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    ★★★★★

    “Smoke some crack with me, bro!”

    A raucous, raw look into corporate America, greed, and excess. Uncondemning, and without compromise, The Wolf of Wall Street builds without letting up, showing animalistic behavior and unsympathetic thievery until finally asking the question- are you any better?