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  • Fifty Shades Freed

    Fifty Shades Freed

    ★★★★½

    FIFTY SHADES FREED is amazing. Here's why:

    - "Young Americans" by David Bowie plays in the background when Ana and Christian are eating dinner

    - Ana is at work talking to a man in her office when the hilariously possessive Christian walks in and says "do you mind?! i need a moment with Mrs. Grey." ace comedic timing.

    - Ana not changing her work email address to include her new married name is actual conflict.

    - a woman who works…

  • Jigsaw

    Jigsaw

    ★½

    JIGSAW is simply trash.

    It's been seven years since the last installment in the SAW franchise and horror movies have changed so much since then. Blumhouse is now dominating the box office with unique films like GET OUT, as well as blockbuster franchises like INSIDIOUS and THE PURGE. That "torture porn" subgenre, partly popularized by this very franchise, has more or less disappeared. I had not heard any mention of the SAW movies in years and there seemed to be…

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  • American Sniper

    American Sniper

    ½

    Have you ever seen a film that you knew you would dislike, but were honestly surprised by how horrible it actually is?

    A film doesn't need to be entirely subtle, but Eastwood seems to be unable to tell this story without shouting and underlining every damn thing. An unfaithful girlfriend yells “I do this for attention, don’t you get it!?” immediately after being caught. Eastwood zooms in on Kyle’s furious face while watching footage of the 9/11 attacks on television…

  • Maps to the Stars

    Maps to the Stars

    ★★★★★

    If you ever saw David Lynch's Mulholland Dr. and wondered what it might have looked like with David Cronenberg at the helm, then this is the film for you.

    This is a great film and one that only Cronenberg could have made.

    This is easily Julianne Moore's best performance and the entire cast is terrific

    Bruce Wagner's script is equally haunting and satirical.

    Howard Shore's score is absolutely beautiful.

    David Cronenberg is one of the best filmmakers around and this is one of his finest works to date.