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  • The 39 Steps

    The 39 Steps

    ★★★★

    "You wouldn't give up a young couple."

    A brisk, elegantly told spy thriller. Lean in its plotting and character yet vivid in style and flair. Hitchcock showcases his set-pieces but also his potential for memorable images. 4.4/5

  • What Price Hollywood?

    What Price Hollywood?

    ★★★★½

    “By midnight, I’ll have forgotten you.”

    A complex, dark variation on Hollywood travails given vivid life by its actors and its masterful director. Constance Bennett knocks it out of the park. Cukor’s direction is both elegant and robust, featuring some of the best BTS scenes I’ve seen filmed. With Hollywood’s shine and sins at its focus, WPH? lays bare how the industry exploits its workers, and especially for its women. Only one detracting thing: Borden’s attack is truly frightening and…

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★½

    "You were one of my favorites."

    One of the most interesting consequences of new, diverse voices being afforded the opportunity to explore their vision, relatively unscathed, is fresh, unheard stories. While embedded in a tried-and-true genre, Jordan Peele's debut digs into the historical and existential fear of minority paranoia. Aiming (and sometimes succeeding) to evoke the tonal feeling of something like Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead, Peele shows off a knack for suspense and comedic timing. Where the movie…

  • Jurassic World

    Jurassic World

    ★★½

    "You have no idea what your doing"

    It seems like its a franchise trait at this point, that some to many characters when faced with Dino-peril choose the dumbest course of action. Unlike the truly bad third installment though, it is less troublesome and it inexplicably is more entertaining. Now that doesn't mean it is a good movie, but its watchable while rolling one's eyes or laughing at the dumb actions taken. Dino on Dino action is fine, but the characters aren't really that vivid and the villains seem really cartoony. This offers some B movie charm though with ultimately doesn't make it fail completely. 2.9/5