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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★½

    I enjoyed this movie, but I think it falls in to the same trap of most biopics where the story is compelling but when you know where it’s going it’s hard to feel overly captivated by the plot and acting.

  • Hearts Beat Loud

    Hearts Beat Loud

    ★★★

    This is an enjoyable movie, albeit a simple, inoffensive, and safe one. It’s depth is pretty surface level, but it’s a coming-of-age (ish) movie about creating music, first love, and heading off to college. Nick Offermans character is pretty selfish and clueless, but he’s a lovable actor so all is forgiven. I don’t see it sticking with me for long, but it was an enjoyable afternoon movie.

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★½

    I’ll be the first to say this movie will not sit well for most viewers. It is an unconventional spiritual and contemplative drama, far from blockbuster entertainment and more poetry than prose. I can’t stop thinking about it. 

    - the minimalist cinematography and score were haunting. It’s shot more like a horror movie, despite not being in the horror genre
    - Ethan Hawk is so good. I’m glad the acting is understated. 
    - it paints an interesting picture of the…