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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★

    I used to adore Pixar as a kid, but I think I fully fell off the hype train by the time Inside Out came out. The studio was looked at as a shadow of its former self when the oft-forgotten Brave was released and didn’t reclaim their crown as the titans of animation until some things started to shift at Pixar. The studio decided they would begin making two movies per year instead of one. This cycle began with the…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★

    I’m at a bit of a loss for words because of how amazing this is. A transformative new high for Riz Ahmed that’s only bolstered by creative editing choices. Best if you go in... blind.

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  • Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

    Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle

    ★★½

    A decent lecture doc that uses the Jackass font unironically.

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★½

    Hit the bittersweet realization that Chloé Zhao and I are just not on the same wavelength. I thought The Rider was quite poor, but I was still willing to give this a shot given it’s universal acclaim and I have to say I’ll never understand why she doesn’t simply make documentaries. Documentaries are cool. What’s not cool is wasting my time with stuff that doesn’t matter. The stunning personal portraits from the Wild West do not mesh with the fictional narrative…

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  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

    ★★★★½

    This will be my Citizen Kane.

  • Holmes & Watson

    Holmes & Watson

    ★★★★★

    Step aside, Roma. 

    Oscar-worthy performances from John C. Reilly and Kelly MacDonald carry the film far, but the cinematography and musical score are on point as well. This will surely get a nod for “Best Original Song” at the Oscars this year. 

    The Coen Brothers have really outdone themselves after their last film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs failed to please audiences. This is easily their biggest crowd-pleasing affair since The Big Lebowski. 

    Go pay to see it! It’s an epic time!