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  • Yi Yi
  • Opening Night
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Frances Ha

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  • Aliens

    ★★★★½

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★

  • Encanto

    ★½

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    ★★★

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  • Aliens

    Aliens

    Classic 1980s-style action that we didn't know we'd miss until they were gone. Not so woke though, but it's ok. I'd like to imagine that Paul Reiser was working on Mad About You in-between shooting.

  • Raya and the Last Dragon

    Raya and the Last Dragon

    ★★★

    At times felt derivative of other stories that have been heavily influential on animators of the 21st century, but then those works were also derivative of stories from various cultures as well. Raya isn’t a perfect movie by any means and the plot progression sometimes sacrifices character insight and depth, but I have to say I was totally interested the whole time, and it was surprisingly heartfelt and genuine despite the somewhat cliched moral. Gave an extra star for the…

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  • The Worst Person in the World

    The Worst Person in the World

    ★★

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

    Started out promising, but I ended up questioning if this director hates women. Either way, it’s clear a man wrote this movie. The best character is this man who doesn’t really exist in real life. This “hero” of free speech who made a career writing toxic masculinity themed vulgar cartoons that have an incel fanbase and of course irk women (portrayed as the most cliched humorless feminists) but the author himself is this sweet, seriously intelligent, sensitive man who puts…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    Debated whether to give it 4.5 or 4 stars until I realized this was really a 5 star film that provided me the best thrill that only live theatre and cinema can provide. It’s a jewel along with the 1961 original film that loves and respects the source material while adding something new and insightful for the 2020s generation. Tony Kushner improves the story and adds explicit socioeconomic issues to the forefront that were just subtext in the original. Now…