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  • Whiplash
  • The Tree of Life
  • La La Land
  • Hot Rod

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  • Stalker

    ★★★★

  • The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst

    ★★★★

  • Licorice Pizza

    ★★

  • Prisoners

    ★★★★½

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  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★★

    Maintains an unnerving tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat, never sure which direction it will take. A genre defying spectacle with a very memorable and terrifying lead performance. Managed to horrify me and bring a tear to my eye, which is an impressive balancing act. There are some very weird and freaky moments that added to the tense atmosphere, and made this into a film I’ll never forget. I loved everything about this. 

    An absolute shame that Charles Laughton only directed this one film, due to negative reception at the time. There is some masterful filmmaking on display here.

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    Top Tier Pixar is back! This is the best Pixar film since Toy Story 3, in my opinion. It has everything: compelling story, innovative animation, incredible music, emotion, and an overall charming style. This really blew me away. My only critique is that it gets a little too caught up in explaining the mechanics of its universe, which occasionally brought the story’s momentum to a halt. Still, it always finds its way back on track. Really loved this!

    Also- the “afterlife” animation reminded me of a perfect blend of Don Hertzfeldt comics and the game “Super Paper Mario.” Which I thought was cool.

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★

    I have very mixed feelings about this. It was all over the place, and didn’t truly succeed at anything it set out to do as a thriller, horror, or comedy. Every time some tension would start to build, it would derail itself with a joke that either didn’t land or was way over the top, completely throwing off the tone. You can’t take the characters seriously because they don’t even seem to care about each other? Characters would make humorous remarks…

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★★

    How can a movie with such an upsetting premise feel like a warm hug for its entire duration? 

    Between this and Moonlight, I’m convinced Barry Jenkins is the best director alive at using color to tell his stories. Each frame is a work of art, with incredible contrast to make the colors feel even more vivid. From the background imagery, to the characters’ clothing and the lighting of their faces, it is mesmerizing from the very first frame. 

    The performances…