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  • Paris Is Burning

    Paris Is Burning

    ★★★★

    Lots of fantastic footage and interview work done, but very little analysis or insight provided on top of that. Felt like a collection of recorded moments as opposed to a cohesive story. That being said, Venus’s death was a gut punch.

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★

    Good! Cute, friendly, good messages, great family movie. Enough awkward writing and bad pacing to keep it at a solid 3/5, but worth a watch in the appropriate context.

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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★½

    SO WEIRD. The first half of the movie was Not Good; not funny, enjoyable, well-written, or well-shot. The second they arrive at the Main Party, though, starting with the dance sequence and moving into the pool, the fight, the hookup, etc., it was like watching an entirely different film. Going from a 2 to a 4.5 lands this movie in solid 3.5 territory.

  • Spring Breakers

    Spring Breakers

    ★½

    Despite the strength of James Franco’s portrayal of the insane, charmismatic-but-not Alien and a couple strong shots (such as drivearound during the robbery scene), this movie is almost impossible to watch. Droning dialogue, extremely flat characters, annoying oversaturation, and overall unlikeability of almost everything means that Spring Breakers just doesn’t work. Even still, “spring break.... spring break forever” is stuck in my head.