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  • Over the Garden Wall

    Over the Garden Wall

    ★★★★★

    “The loveliest lies of all.”

    This is a remarkably beautiful celebration of story and its inseparable tie to the human experience. At a feature length with intentional continuity, Over the Garden Wall hardly feels like a serialized cartoon, yet its episodic nature is in service of its purposes. These episodes offer, on the surface, an overarching story of Wirt and Greg, an introvert everyman teenager and his younger brother who awake in the world of The Unknown—unsure why they are…

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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★

    This is really a lovely, personal little film. Surprisingly funny and absolutely wholesome. How do you come to terms with an impending death without being allowed to acknowledge it? How do you say goodbye when you’re not given the opportunity for catharsis?

    With what an audience member called a new renaissance of Asian American cinema, Wang is (and should be) at the forefront. The Farewell just beat opening box office records, including Endgame, to have the highest grossing per theater…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★½

    Nothing new here under the (very bright midsummer) sun.

    At least moral relativism is made to look worse than ever.

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  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★½

    Toy Story 3: "The thing that makes Woody special is he'll never give up on you. Ever. He'll be there for you, no matter what."

    Toy Story 4: shh, just forget that

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★½

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

    I continue to think about this film though I watched it over a year ago. I’d be hard pressed to think of a more thematically repugnant work in 2018, and my star rating (however much that even means) is a reflection of that.

    If there is anything worth commending here, it is the craft. Garland’s directorial talents are in full display—there are haunting cinematic moments that I will probably never shake. Yet... it is all in service of embracing reprehensible…