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  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★★

    Love is a drug.

    One of my most anticipated films left in the first half of 2019, I went into this film not knowing much about it. All I knew was that it seemed to be your unconventional love story along with some talented actors at the forefront. I was curious to see how Honor Swinton Byrne - the daughter of the excellent Tilda Swinton - would fare well in a leading role alongside great talent including her very own…

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★

    I’m still standing.

    It seems that we are at the beginning of a long stream of musical biopics in Hollywood. After the unfortunate massive success of Bohemian Rhapsody, Paramount decided to ride the wave off of Fox’s success with their own biopic of a legendary gay English icon. While I never had any interest in seeing Bohemian Rhapsody (and I still haven’t seen it to this day), I did start to warm up to Rocketman once I started realizing the…

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  • The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    The Last Black Man in San Francisco

    ★★★★½

    This is our home.

    The year of 2019 has got off to a pretty slow start for the first half of the year when it comes to films. Aside from Climax, which arguably isn’t even considered a 2019 release for many, I haven’t really fallen in love with many films this year. Sure, Us and Endgame are two enthralling blockbusters that have also brought me a ton of excitement, but there haven’t been many films released this year so far…

  • The Dead Don't Die

    The Dead Don't Die

    ★★★½

    This is definitely going to end badly.

    After creating the masterpiece that was Paterson, it’s safe to say that Jim Jarmusch is one of the most consistent filmmakers in indie cinema. His films range from a multitude of stories and genres, so it only felt right that his next film would be a deadpan zombie movie starring his favorite actors that he’s worked with before. This cast is pretty stacked across the board and it is definitely a treat to…

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  • The Hate U Give

    The Hate U Give

    ★★

    A messy message.

    Coming in, I wasn’t really expecting much out of this movie based on the trailer alone. I had a very similar negative reaction to the trailer for Blindspotting, but that ended up being one of my favorite movies of the year so far, so I was hoping The Hate U Give would turn out similarly. Unfortunately my fears came true, and although the message for the film is obviously necessary, the execution is quite poor. The movie…

  • Velvet Buzzsaw

    Velvet Buzzsaw

    ★½

    Everyone’s a critic.

    When searching for the “most anticipated” films on Letterboxd a while ago, I came across this little gem. Dan Gilroy and Jake Gyllenhaal have proven that they work well together, a film like Nightcrawler is such an electrifying film that it was sure to continue on the success of the director, right? Well, no one saw Roman J. Israel, Esq., a film that lost over twenty million dollars on a budget of $22 million. When the trailer…