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  • The Talk of the Town

    ★★★½

  • Shiva Baby

    ★★★★

  • West Side Story

    ★★★★

  • Scream

    ★★

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  • The Talk of the Town

    The Talk of the Town

    ★★★½

    The Talk of the Town is a pretty enjoyable comedy, although it naturally falters whenever it becomes about romance. The plot is actually engrossing, and the cast is game for whatever comes their way. Of particular notice is Ronald Colman's dryly funny professor, who often had me smirking at his underplayed delivery. The Talk of the Town is a solid 40s comedy that succeeds mainly due to its winding plot, although the pacing could certainly be a bit better. Nevertheless,…

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★

    Shiva Baby is an enjoyable comedy of errors that totally understands the stressful nature of the gatherings depicted in-film. As a debut feature, it's incredibly impressive, anchored by a fantastic leading performance by Sennott and some really claustrophobic cinematography and sound design. The entire ensemble is excellent as well, and it's a film that uses its brief runtime exceptionally. Shiva Baby feels undefinable by genre, and that's okay. It works wonders and engrosses throughout its entire story. A good time.

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★

    Not much to add to my original review, but on rewatch, I definitely do fall more on the side that West Side Story is a dated story that's impossible to update into being a truly great project, but Spielberg and Kamiński certainly give it their best shot. The ending falls apart like all versions of this story do, but it's such a wonder to look at throughout the whole thing. "America" would be a strong contender for scene-of-the-year, in spite of all my issues with the film. Just an utter spectacle.

  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★

    Scream is well-made, featuring suspenseful setpieces and an excellent horror sound design. Quite a few of the meta bits are amusing too, with a sequence with who is essentially the new Randy being absolute highlight. The issue, however, comes down to an absolutely muddled element of social commentary here. A Scream movie that tackles toxic fandom sounds good in theory, but there's a reason horror franchises lack the vitriol being found elsewhere, and Scream is first-and-foremost a horror franchise. The…

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  • The Nice Guys

    The Nice Guys

    ★★★★½

    The Nice Guys is ridiculously fun. There's no other way to describe it. It's a solid two hours of non-stop enjoyment, even with a couple of flaws here and there. Before talking about those issues though, let's dwell for a bit on what makes this a truly brilliant summer blockbuster - or at least, what would make it so if audiences had embraced it. Instead, it will have to be happy with being an underseen gem.

    The fun of The…

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    La La Land is a wonder. After a brilliant mainstream debut in Whiplash, Damien Chazelle has matured impressively. He directs with a precision of a orchestra conductor. His films feel like the jazz that they represent, spontaneous, energetic and pleasant. The way he stages the musical numbers never fail to make you smile, and he brilliantly constructs the film to drop out the singing again and again, just making you feel the beautiful music.

    Stone and Gosling are both marvelous…