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  • If I Stay

    If I Stay

    ★★

    I watched this right after I finished the book (which I really liked), and boy was I disappointed. Watered down to the most shallow and formulaic version it could be, If I Stay relies on melodramatic storytelling and mostly forgettable filmmaking to drain the heart and soul out of Gayle Forman's convincing and genuinely engaging novel.

    If I had to point out one positive thing though, it'd be Chloë Grace Moretz's performance. She truly embodied Mia, even if the writing around it doesn't always do her justice.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    i am forever traumatized

  • Rocketman

    Rocketman

    ★★★★½

    i can't think of a better music biopic.

  • Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    Pokémon Detective Pikachu

    ★★★★

    petition to make every film take place in the pokemon universe

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★½

    holy shit... had so much fun with this. what a wild(e)ly entertaining, ridiculously funny, and yes, smart coming of age film about friendship. and the soundtrack?? not one but two perfume genius tracks?? gotta be comedy of the year, absolutely loved it.

  • Wild Rose

    Wild Rose

    ★★★★

    country is having its moment right now, and Wild Rose is a timely reminder of its true heart. but while it does the music movie thing really well, it also does it with a ton of refreshing personality and a surprising, heartfelt message that makes it stand our from the rest. most importantly, it puts its main character always above any familiar rags-to-riches star narrative - it's really a subtle, emotionally complex character portrait.

    it's also probably going to be…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★½

    no feeling will ever come close to the entire cinema cheering with sheer joy as the avengers assembled.

    what an endlessly satisfying, truly affecting ride. and a damn near perfectly executed one at that, treading the fine line between overusing the marvel formula and taking a few risks. i love the slow-paced approach they took, every character felt like a human being going through unimaginable changes.

    it just delivered in almost every possible way.

  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★

    only jordan peel can make us laugh at a horror film that's actually very good

  • Dumbo

    Dumbo

    ★★½

    in his review, peter bradshaw said Dumbo "saddles itself with 21st-century shame at the idea of circus animals"

    well, GOOD

    still, i wish the movie was more about dumbo than the people around him. anything magical about the film was computer generated. just make a 3d animated remake if you want to update the film, no reason to make a live-action remake nobody asked for!

  • The Punk Singer

    The Punk Singer

    ★★★★

    i'm currently fascinated by all this riot grrrl so this was a must-watch for me. kathleen hanna is truly an amazing, fiercely inspiring, and strong artist who opened the door for so many other artists to have their voice. not just as the co-founder of bikini kill, but throughout her career. although i didn't grow up in that era it made me feel strangely nostalgic. highly recommended for anyone interested in music or feminism.

  • The Dirt

    The Dirt

    this is as bad as it gets, boys

  • Five Feet Apart

    Five Feet Apart

    ★★★★

    im sorry okay i'm just a sucker for tear-inducing sentimental ya dramas and i blame john green