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  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★★½

    An interesting, quiet dark comedy. The type of movie you catch on Netflix a few years after its release and enjoy, but forget about in a month. Still, though, it wasn’t half bad.

  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★★½

    The first half of this movie was actually much better than I would have expected, based on the remarkably cheesy premise. However, things fall apart at the end when Boyle tries to rap everything up in a neat, Hallmark bow. Either way, it was actually a pretty good popcorn flick, and it’s the rare feel good movie that actually... feels good.

  • Spider-Man: Far from Home

    Spider-Man: Far from Home

    ★★★½

    I’ve been a little bit disappointed in Marvel’s characterization of Spider-Man recently, and even though I enjoyed Homecoming, I was worried that they were writing him (and other key characters) fundamentally wrong. I still have that issue here, but by the end of the movie it actually seems like he might have finally evolved into the hero we know and love instead of the caricature he’s been lately. 

    However, the one thing this movie does exceptionally well is Mysterio. Gyllenhall…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★½

    Midsommar isn’t the same unqualified masterpiece that Hereditary was, but it’s damn close. As far as cinematography and captivating scenery goes, you most likely won’t see a better movie all year. As far as story goes, though, you might leave the theater scratching your head. 


    I’m in no state to offer any explanations right now, but it seems like Ari Aster has an obsession with “family” as an idea in his work. He approaches the subject here in a completely…

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

    ★★★½

    The quality of the action scenes in this series is negatively related to the quality of the plot and acting, but I’m glad that they’ve finally embraced the absolute absurdity of the world they’ve created. And damn are these movies fun to watch when they’re doing what they do best: filling extras with billets and knives.

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★★

    Ranks among the best Dylan docs, and is even more entertaining than Scorsese’s previous No Direction Home, though not nearly as informative.

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    Can You Ever Forgive Me?

    ★★½

    It’s a halfway decent movie, but Lee Israel is such an unlikable protagonist that I didn’t sympathize with her once. What she was doing is wrong both legally and morally, and the film doesn’t even ask the obvious questions about plagiarism: what constitutes art? Is imitation really the sincerest form of flattery? What does this all day about an author’s identity? There was so much more this movie could have done, but instead it was happy to be a quaint little Oscar-bait Hallmark feature. 

    Despite my criticisms, though, it’s not a bad casual watch. Maybe worth putting on if you have a rainy day.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★½

    As refreshing as it would be to see a truly original comedy in 2019, this is not it. However, despite a mountain of high-school party movie cliches, it still manages to be genuinely hilarious for most of its runtime, and the chemistry between the leads is a lot of fun.

  • A Dog's Journey

    A Dog's Journey

    ★½

    LMAO 4 FUCKING DOGS DIED

  • Brightburn

    Brightburn

    ½

    Fuck this garbage, cliche-ridden, uninspired mess of a movie. Jacking an idea that’s been recycled for decades and throwing on a “but what if he was evil?!?” twist is the epitome of laziness, and I can’t imagine anyone enjoying this for reasons other than sadomasochism.

  • Repo Man

    Repo Man

    ★★★½

    This entire movie is VERY 80s, so if that’s your niche then you’ll love it. I’m usually not a huge fan of that aesthetic, but this one definitely embraces all the corniness and absurdity that make the decade so unique. It almost felt Pynchonian in a sense. Actually, it felt like the embodiment of a Bossa Nova era Pixies song. I’d watch it again.

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★½

    Add this one to the “Robert Pattinson is actually an incredible actor” list. At turns bizarre, horrifying, and heartbreaking, this is among the more interesting films that have been released this year. Not amazing per se, but definitely interesting.