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  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

    The Trial of the Chicago 7

    ★★★★

    Even knowing how much of this movie is Aaron Sorkin BS, it's still tremendously entertaining, basically just history as a series of snappy one-liners, infuriating injustices, and satisfying payoffs. This may well be my favorite Sacha Baron Cohen role to date.

  • Trolls World Tour

    Trolls World Tour

    ★★★

    Pretty generic story-wise, without much of the sheer surrealistic insanity that made the first film surprising. But the visual design is still marvelous. Worth watching just for the fibercraft aesthetic of the world, and the way the animators work it into so many surprising landscapes.

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    This movie is funny. This movie is political. This movie is intelligent and wicked and very, very calculated. This movie is sometimes visually stunning, and impeccably acted.

    But mostly, it's scary as hell.

    For the love of cinema, do not watch the spoilery-ass trailers. Do not read any reviews unless you trust the reviewers to be circumspect about giving away the plot. Go in as blind as possible and just let the story's surprises unfold. Assuming you're okay with scary…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★½

    Sign me up as the apostate that just doesn't appreciate this one, that doesn't really understand why a long, rambling, sleepy movie about a disconnected, disaffected, insanely rich and privileged teenager moping around until he gets laid is so moving to people. There are better romances, better gay coming-of-age movies, better summer-fling stories, and movies where I don't get really really distracted by watching a dude gut a peach in his bed with his bare hands and then fuck it, making an immense mess for someone else to clean up. I will fight the world on this one.