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  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

    ★★★★½

    Edgar Wright is increasingly becoming one of my favorite directors—a point that I cannot stress enough. All of my experiences with his films have been enjoyable, and this one is no different. The indie visual-style and dry humor of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World would be enough for me, but it goes farther by creating a story that engages the audience in a charmingly simple way. The cast and crew take this relatively simple concept and transcends it past the…

  • The Big Sick

    The Big Sick

    ★★★★½

    This film is so authentically heartbreaking and yet also completely hysterical. I wasn’t expecting any of this film to play out the way it did and I wish I would’ve watched this the day it came out and then one-hundred times more afterwards. Obviously this film isn’t perfect but most of its imperfections just go away, becoming lost in waves of charm. It’s the only film that I could cry from laughing one minute and then cry from sadness the…

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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    ★★

    Curious that, with all of these monsters (“Titans”), the film still drags and fails to engage. While the first installment in this version of the radioactive lizard had its fair share of problems, mainly its flat and one-dimensional characters, but this decides to completely leave behind what made the previous one work despite its issues. The human characters are once again completely forgettable and serve to solely drive these Titans together with the most summer blockbuster dialogue imaginable (if it’s…

  • Drive

    Drive

    ★★★★½

    This goes to a really dark place, so much so that I may genuinely be concerned for those involved... and I loved it. Initially I found myself making comparisons to Baby Driver (another movie about a getaway driver, which I also love), but that comparison almost immediately changed to a more fitting Nightcrawler or Zodiac-centric (...yes, even more movies I love) analysis, due to both its setting and atmosphere. Simply, this is not the fast-paced action of the former, but…