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  • My Summer of Love

    My Summer of Love

    Well, at least Cold War is great.

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

    One of those few films so phenomenal that you can essentially disregard the tastes of anyone who dislikes it.

    Rewatching after finishing the wonderful novelization by Cornelia Funke and del Toro and missing an outdoor screening in favor of seeing Star Wars in the cinema for the first time.

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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★★

    PADDINGTON 2 remains a ray of light breaking through the overcast of our world. It's an absolutely delightful film with colorful characters, great humor, and so much heart. Paddington does not know the meaning of the word cynicism. He genuinely makes you want to be a better person because, deep down, we all know that if everyone made an effort to be more like him the world would really be a better place.

    We're a third of the way through 2018 and no film has come close to topping it.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★★

    This is a FANTASTIC coming-of-age film. It's hilarious, sympathetic, and completely honest. Kayla is a character who (I believe) perfectly represents her specific group while also serving as a surrogate for anyone who went through middle school. I saw so much of myself in her. A fantastic performance by Elsie Fisher. Also fits incredibly well as a text of the #MeToo movement.

    The best part though? Bo Burnham requesting that more women get the mic at the post-screening Q&A, and then ending by bringing an 8th grader in the audience onto the stage to talk with him.