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  • Stellar

    ★★★½

  • Inside Man

    ★★★★½

  • The Creator

  • Dumb Money

    ★★

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  • Stellar

    Stellar

    ★★★½

    An experimental sort of indigenous romance from Anishinaabe filmmaker Darlene Naponse where two unnamed strangers (Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Braeden Clarke) meet and hit it off in a dive bar, possibly sparking a renewing apocalypse in the world around them.

    Takes a minute to get into the rhythm of things, it's a little static, and Naponse is arguably trying to tackle too many big picture issues through metaphor in a small amount of time, but it's certainly original and carries with it a depth of honest, unfiltered emotion without being melodramatic. A weird film - kinda like beat poetry that isn't self indulgent - but compelling.

  • Inside Man

    Inside Man

    ★★★★½

    So slick. So assured. So very, very entertaining. I'm sure there are a bunch of very casual movie buffs who think "Gee, I wish Spike Lee would make another genre movie like Inside Man again." I don't. I love that this is an outlier in his career, and that he nailed it so well. Cast is all aces.

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  • Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

    Tony Hawk: Until the Wheels Fall Off

    ★★★★

    A surprisingly moving look at skateboarding legend Tony Hawk that finds a great amount of weight in places a lot of documentaries overlook.

    It's not that Hawk's constantly innovating decades long career isn't filled with drama outside the halfpipe, it's that director Sam Jones understands that people have seen that sort of arc before. Person fights their way to the top, they become too famous too fast, they have broken relationships, they find redemption in unlikely places, etc. etc. That…

  • No One Will Save You

    No One Will Save You

    ★★★★½

    Nope + A Quiet Place + Home Alone + that part of Fire in the Sky everyone knows and loves + a 50/50 blend of Melancholia and Dogville + a dash of Signs = No One Will Save You

    What an absolute banger. A masterclass in how to make a film out of familiar story elements and then constantly and relentlessly reworking them. A great example of a film where something is ALWAYS happening and momentum never wavers. This thing…

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