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  • Brittany Runs a Marathon

    Brittany Runs a Marathon

    ★★★½

    Jillian Bell is off to the races as an overweight and under-motivated millennial living in the Big Apple who decides to turn her life around through the transformative power of running. The seriocomic account of seizing power from dark instincts is laced with the ripe reality of self-destruction and lifted by the hopefulness of finding self-love. Writer-director Paul Downs Colaizzo structures the film as Brittany’s rom-com with herself and Bell, who packed on (and lost) quite a bit of weight for the role, is simply fantastic delivering a marathon of darkly-tinged comedy and uplifting pathos.

  • Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile

    ★½

    'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile' is a bad movie, one that glamorizes the good looking serial killer, noting his extreme intelligence and black hole charm at every opportunity. Terrible pacing and unsettling reverence towards the character don't excuse the draw of salacious detail and historical recreation. Franky, I just don't understand why anyone would tell the story this way. 👎🏻

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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    Let’s not split hairs – though with the sublime mane work the necromancers at WETA have accomplished here, splitting hairs is definitely within the realm of possibilities – War for the Planet of the Apes is a remarkable achievement on nearly any rubric. A narratively pulsating, emotionally turbulent survival epic complete with near-miraculous FX work and sumptuous production design, War sets itself so far apart from the average summer blockbuster that it risks being undefinable. As bleak as anything I’ve…

  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    "Fat Lebowski Thor is my new spirit animal."


    The Marvel Cinematic Universe began in earnest when Tony Stark proclaimed, “I am Iron Man.” Then Nick Fury stepped out of the shadows and assembled a team. The movie industry shook. It was the beginning of something new; an unchartered holistic approach to franchise filmmaking and the genesis of a box office monolith unlike any to have ever proceeded it. Over the course of 21 films, the MCU has become the equivalent…