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  • Mulholland Drive
  • Waitress
  • Spirited Away
  • Rosemary's Baby

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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★½

  • F9

    ★★

  • Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

  • Great White

    ★★

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  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

    Steven Spielberg’s mid stage masterpiece. It’s not my favorite of his films, but it is in my top three—a huge jump from when I called it the worst of his films that had received classic status. I’ve gone back to that review and added a disclaimer that says I don’t agree with any of it anymore, which makes me feel…better, but knowing I went so goddamn harsh on it makes my original review really hard to read. All I know…

  • The Matrix

    The Matrix

    ★★★½

    As excited as I was to revisit The Matrix, especially after buying a 4K Blu-ray box set of all four movies (not a purchase I regret, by the way), it did come with the acknowledgement that I may have to revisit one of my biggest unpopular opinions. I just think this film is okay. Or at least I used to…but it’s grown on me, just a little bit. I looked back at my old review while watching the film, and…

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  • Phantom of the Paradise

    Phantom of the Paradise

    ★★½

    The score I end up giving Phantom of the Paradise entirely rests on if I can appreciate Brian De Palma’s wackadoo filmmaking style just once. I don’t like many of this man’s films, and I can certainly point to this one as a film with a lot holding it back. Honestly, though, the style isn’t the issue. Getting to deal with a bizarro version of The Phantom of the Opera is pretty fun, and however hard it is to stomach,…

  • F9

    F9

    ★★

    They really need to throw in the towel at this point. I still struggle with calling this awful, I think the only truly awful entry in the franchise is 2 Fast 2 Furious, but if you reach the point that adding in a real ass space quest doesn’t make your art any more exciting, you’re probably done. Some of these stunts are okay, and I appreciate that they’re still making these about familial ties and love. It’s a better connecting…

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  • Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

    Cinderella III: A Twist in Time

    ★★★★★

    You know what?

    Fuck you. Name a joke that doesn't land.

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

    ½

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    To talk about Dear Evan Hansen is to talk about Pan’s Labyrinth. In the months before the release of this film, people all over the Internet marveled at how Ben Platt looked in the promotional material for the film. Marveled at how bad he looks, I mean. A lot of people were talking about him by saying he looked like he was forty, or that he looked like he was sick, or that he looked like he had an…