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  • Always Be My Maybe

    Always Be My Maybe

    ★★★½

    I love the spam and rice meal that young Sahsa makes for herself in the first scene

  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    Where'd You Go, Bernadette

    ★★★

    This movie feels somewhat unfinished, but it's buoyed by great performances and a lovely ending

  • Sense and Sensibility

    Sense and Sensibility

    ★★★★★

    Mrs Jennings gets a bad rap

  • Ride with the Devil

    Ride with the Devil

    ★★★½

    This film has a lot of good moments that ruminate on the contradictions of war and of a slavery-based society. It is far too subtle in those endeavors, however, for a culture that has not put the Lost Cause narrative to bed.

  • The Ice Storm

    The Ice Storm

    ★★★★½

    It's fascinating how this film looks on upper middle class suburbanites with simultaneous disdain and empathy

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

    ★★

    This movie is in need of some script doctoring and more aggressive editing

  • Veronica Mars

    Veronica Mars

    ★★★★½

    What a gem of a movie. It doesn't try to do too much, and it does what it purports to do very well. On a rewatch, something I grew to appreciate about this film is that it lets Veronica be a little rusty with her PI skills. Her tenacity is intact, but her intuitions take a bit to get rolling. My only complaint is that there isn't enough Weevil Navaro.

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★★

    I'm really overwhelmed by the experience of seeing this movie on a big screen. I hadn't realized how powerful it would be to see an emigrant experience portrayed with such care and honesty (this isn't the central aspect of the movie, but it is the part that resonated the most with me personally on the first watch).

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★★

    I was pleasantly surprised by how funny and character driven this movie was, and that was enough to paper over narrative problems. This feels a lot more like a fun comic book than even the supposedly comedy oriented fare of Phases 2 and 3 of the MCU. The balance of self-contained story and connections to a broader mythology made me reevaluate the last couple of Avengers movies (specifically, more of this and less sprawl please). I'm not so hot on the mid credits scene though.

  • All About Nina

    All About Nina

    ★★★★½

    This is one of those movies that was so compelling and particular that it makes rating scales feel like a silly exercise.

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    As with Sunshine, Garland leans into the monster stuff a bit too much. But this movie does an amazing job capturing the simultaneous beauty and horror of the unknown. I was entranced.

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★½

    long live forky