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  • Junun

    ★★★½

  • Inherent Vice

    ★★★½

  • The Master

    ★★★★½

  • Scream

    ★★★

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  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★★

    95

    In what’s likely going to be the most underrated film of the year, Mike Mills delivers a heartwarming narrative on growing up, parenthood, and how it’s okay to admit you’re not okay sometimes. C’mon C’mon feels so distinct with it’s genuine dialogue, making you lose the concept of you watching this as a movie. Instead, you find yourself engulfed in a familial relationship as if it’s your very own.

    Joaquin Phoenix plays a New York native (Johnny) who travels…

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★★

    75

    NO SPOILERS:

    No Way Home delivers some of the heaviest emotional highs of the entire MCU and develops Tom Holland’s Peter Parker into everything we’ve been wanting him to become. Even with the most fan service of any superhero movie ever, I found myself ignoring most of the implausibilities, instead purely enjoying the glorious hype of it all. It’s a jaw dropping sequel from start to finish. 

    Picking up directly after Far From Home, Spider-Man (Tom Holland) must find…

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  • Junun

    Junun

    ★★★½

    65

    I can’t say I’ve watched many music documentaries but this was entertaining and very pleasant to listen to.

    Jonny Greenwood went over to northwest India to record an album with Israeli composer Shye Ben Tzur and the The Rajasthan Express, a group of talented musicians. Paul Thomas Anderson tagged along to record the event with carry-on consumer-grade digital cameras after having his professional equipment held by customs. 

    The result is a very raw recording of the three week union.…

  • Inherent Vice

    Inherent Vice

    ★★★½

    74

    Incoherent, well acted, intricately shot, intentionally convoluted, surprisingly funny, long and wonderfully scored are all words or phrases that fairly describe Inherent Vice. I, unfortunately, didn’t connect with it enough because of the intentionally convoluted stoner storytelling methods. Yet, I still see the most basic ideas that Paul Thomas Anderson (PTA) was going for and enjoyed the overall experience. 

    The most engaging aspect about the mess of a story is the characters within it. Just about every single character…

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  • Scream

    Scream

    ★★★

    55

    I appreciate the clear respect the writers and Radio Silence have for the horror community. But excessively name dropping great horror films of the 2010’s along with what’s sometimes overly contrived meta commentary on requels really took me out of it. However, the new Scream is still successful at subverting expectations and being a fun slasher, even while also taking itself more seriously than any other Scream sequel. 

    Twenty-five years after the original murders in Woodsboro, California, a new…

  • The Master

    The Master

    ★★★★½

    90

    The Master desperately begs for a second viewing even more than every Paul Thomas Anderson (PTA) film before it. For that reason, I am not able to instantly label it as a masterpiece because I’m in the boat that pretty much everyone sails in after a first watch of it. It was a gorgeously crafted film with powerful hypnotic imagery. And it was stupendously acted by two giants in Hollywood. But I can’t say that I fully grasped everything…