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  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★★

    This film showcases Zahler's storytelling more so than his previous films, for better and for worse. I loved the narrative structure, which in many ways reminded me of The Departed. You have multiple characters that are briefly but so incredibly well introduced, and their lives intersect in a way that'll have you on the edge of your seat. It takes real talent to get the audience to care for a character that was just introduced not 10 minutes ago, but…

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★★

    I'm not sure why there's so much hate for this film. I try to keep politics and Hollywood separate as it tends to ruin the thing I love most, so going in I had no ill-will towards the film. Is it about female empowerment? Yes, and sometimes I wish they would have just focused on the story instead of making sure we knew that. I felt it was a good film throughout, but the epic finale sold me. This science…

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  • Hell Fest

    Hell Fest

    ★★★½

    Bottom line: if you like old-school slashers, you're going to like this. I'm not sure why critics bother seeing a film that they know they're not going to like, or is in a genre they enjoy trashing. This would have to reinvent the genre for some of them to even consider giving it a positive review, and that's certainly not what Hell Fest is going for. I was pleasantly surprised by the high production values. This actually felt like a…

  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★½

    If Gone Girl and Julie & Julia had a love child, this would be it. It's weird, funny, and above all: entertaining. The ending didn't fully land for me, but it's a good, well-directed film.