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  • Get Out
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Moonlight
  • Parasite

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  • Old

    ★★

  • Willy's Wonderland

    ★★

  • Space Jam

    ★★

  • Tokyo!

    ★★★★

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  • The Underground Railroad

    The Underground Railroad

    ★★★½

    I still don't know how I feel about this, so right down the middle seems fair. Chapter 9 is a tour de force.. Jenkins' intimate and heartfelt direction: Britell's sweeping, melancholic, and dread-filled score: and Laxton's meticulous and caring eye, neglecting not one detail. All of this in service of the story they (as well as staff writer Crowther and, of course, author Whitehead's) tell. It could've been a feature film in of itself. That felt like the story Jenkins…

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Somehow I managed to come into this movie blind besides 'gay' and 'involves a handmaiden', and I am so glad I did. I thought it was just a straightforward if idiosyncratic love story through part one, so when parts two and three hit... I was floored. It balances so many tones so well- as a caper it had me on the edge of my seat trying to piece things together and hollering when a plan comes together, as a black…

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  • Old

    Old

    ★★

    An interesting concept that doesn’t really go anywhere. M Night Shamalyan has an admirable devotion to his rules, but the audience is unlikely to be as enamored. He does his best work, surprisingly, with the child actors. Ever since the Sixth Sense he’s shown an understanding of children and their earnestness, their quirks, and their humanity. It’s especially shown during the parents’ fight when they drop awkward lines about being stuck in the future and stuck in the past, but…

  • Willy's Wonderland

    Willy's Wonderland

    ★★

    Willy’s Wonderland wants to be an action, horror, and comedy film, and isn’t particularly adept at any of them. The action is undercut by choppy cuts and a lack of stakes, as is the horror. I’m not one to hold plot holes against a film for the sake of a good time, but this one can’t make up its mind on if the animatronics are apocalyptic killing machines that can only be bargained with or absolute jokes outmatched not only…

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  • Hamilton

    Hamilton

    ½

    There is a tendency when we have aged out or grown past something to say it was never good at all. This isn’t to say everyone who has a problem with Hamilton is being insincere or jumping on a bandwagon, far from it. There are many who hated it from the beginning for good reason, and others who have genuinely reached the conclusion Hamilton had no redeeming qualities after years of loving it, and both are fine and valid viewpoints.…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    I wish I liked this movie more than I do. But while there are some achingly beautiful shots and McDormand delivers a stellar performance, the film just doesn't sit right with me. And it all goes back to the Amazon element. In a film about the gig worker lifestyle to come nowhere near to making a statement about Amazon would be bad enough. But it portrays it downright positively. It's great pay. The supervisor is friendly. Fern has no complaints.…