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  • Titanic

    Titanic

    ★★★★

    There is a scene in Titanic where a string quartet is playing classical music on the upper deck, and upon realizing that none of the fleeing passengers are listening to their music, the first violinist decides that they will continue to play their music, in hopes of keeping their waning spirits up.

    C'mon, let's play. It'll keep us warm. Orpheus.

    Obviously intrigued at the choice to play a tune named after the musician and poet of Greek myth, I tried…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★★

    Released nearly a year after the date of Breonna Taylor's death, Judas and the Black Messiah is a grave reminder of how little has changed when it comes to the treatment of Black people by the police. Illinois Black Panther chairman Fred Hampton's story, including his untimely assassination, strikes a chord among those of us who have become increasingly aware of more and more tragic stories like Taylor's. Shaka King manages to tell Hampton's story in a way that is…

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  • Erin Brockovich

    Erin Brockovich

    ★★★★

    While the true story of what the residents of Hinkley had to endure is far from the uplifting populist narrative that Soderbergh deftly weaves here, Erin Brockovich succeeds in creating a celebrity of its titular character. Roberts and Finney bring Brockovich and Masry to life, playing off of one another so well,delivering the sort of snappy dialogue you'd expect to see in a Sorkin script.

  • A Week Away

    A Week Away

    ★★

    For being a movie about Christian summer camp, A Week Away surprised me with its above average production value and artistry. As someone who grew up going to church camps and worked on staff at more than one, it certainly hits all the beats of what made those experiences unique and memorable - the spirit of competition and camaraderie between cabins, the more intimate spiritual moments and conversations that often happened around a campfire, the pursuit of relationships that we…

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  • Newness

    Newness

    ★★★

    You can't have a movie about millenials without a scene including avocados on toast...

  • Green Room

    Green Room

    ★★★★½

    Green Room is Saulnier's transition from primary colours to secondary colours.

    This time he experiments with a palette of natural and artificial greens, reflecting the true and artificial nature of the characters portrayed in the film. A common thread between this and Blue Ruin is how Saulnier exposes his characters. At first, they seem to have a tough exterior, but traumatic events in the film reveal their true and vulnerable selves.

    The Ain't Rights are no exception, a punk band…