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  • Yesterday

    Yesterday

    ★★★½

    The Beatles not only perfected the art of songwriting, they gifted us with some of the most catchy, reiterated, and beloved music of our time.

    So, when Jack – a struggling musician of Suffolk, England – wakes up after a freak global blackout and performs songs by The Beatles to a world that has never heard them before, it’s no surprise he becomes an instant god.

    This is an outrageously fun scenario, tailored made for the movies, but it is…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★½

    For more explanation: reelybernie.com/2019/07/04/a-cult-theme-gone-sour-in-midsommar/

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    There’s no doubt Ari Aster has an eye for dread, and I mean that as a compliment. He initiates a foreboding tension through abrupt shot transitions, a moving camera that actually goes behind the doors with all the weird, cultish stuff going on, and a grueling buildup that occurs right before the movie’s first big shock.

    I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll just say it’s too bad things take a ruinous turn during…

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  • The Abyss

    The Abyss

    ★★★★½

    After what is probably my seventh viewing of The Abyss, I have come to realize it is less an underwater action/adventure movie and more a spiritual journey about letting go. Even with oxygen remaining a limited resource in highly pressurized ocean depths, and a nuclear warhead threat that diverges with an alien lifeform, the estranged relationship between a husband and a wife is what strikes most of the emotional chords in this movie.

    The theatrical version of The Abyss premiered…

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★½

    Is it a satire, mocking the saps who attempt karate? Is it a promotion piece for karate? Is it a mockery of postmodern masculinity, or does it really think men should “think like a man?” Maybe this is a reinterpretation of Fight Club with less attention on consumerism and more on the generic revenge aspect? Is it quirky and ambiguous for the sake of quirkiness and ambiguity? 

    Yes, unfortunately, I think it’s the latter, and when you go this direction,…

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  • Little Miss Sunshine

    Little Miss Sunshine

    ★★★★

    There’s nothing like watching a road trip movie or a movie about a dysfunctional family. How about watching a dysfunctional family on a road trip?

    Meet the Hoover family: Richard (Greg Kinnear), a naïve, hypocritical motivational speaker married to a blatantly honest Sheryl (Toni Collette), who has a father with a drug problem (Alan Arkin), a brother, “Uncle Frank,” with suicidal tendencies (Steve Carell), a deliberately mute son (Paul Dano), and a daughter who wants to be “Little Miss Sunshine”…