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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★★★

    A total mess, but it delivers in the ways that it needs to. I've long made peace with the fact that 2014's Godzilla was an anomaly, a film than had more in common with a horror movie that it's given credit for. Godzilla is fucking terrifying in that movie, and everything about how it's filmed and staged is meant to make the viewer feel that tension.

    Godzilla vs. Kong is the opposite, but it's credibly more than just two action…

  • The Empty Man

    The Empty Man

    ★★★

    I know, I know: it has the worst title. It sounds like a Slenderman rip-off, but I promise it's a lot more than that. The plot is three movies in one and yet still satisfying? The Empty Man is frickin' gorgeous and frequently creepy and has a deliciously downbeat ending.

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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    Here's how I described Uncut Gems, after watching it: "Uncut Gems is the cinematic equivalent of having a two-hour heart attack."

    I'm someone who doesn't like to spend money. It doesn't mean I won't spend money, but I will go out of my way to avoid it. It's why I drink cheap liquor and always bring home leftovers. It's why I'll combine two or three sets of leftovers, elements of food that should not be on the plate together, because…

  • Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

    ★★★★

    I've never watched a movie so deeply uninterested in being a "sequel." This is very much the second Bill & Ted movie, but the original had a franchise-defining template established, where the two leads would head back in time again, and Bogus Journey just says "nah, what about something way weirder?" It took me a long time to get on board, because it ditches some of the earnest cheese in favor of outright weirdness, but by the time they're playing Battleship with Death, I was all the way the fuck in. All-time great sequel, even if I think the original is a better movie.