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  • Alita: Battle Angel

    Alita: Battle Angel

    ★★★★★

    Let me just start by saying that no one is going to be more surprised by my rating for this than I am. I went in expecting, nay hoping that this would be a solid 7/10 flick, out of a respect and admiration for what it is and where it comes from. I said in my review of the OVA that I just feel in awe that we live in an age where such a niche piece of media has…

  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★★

    Have you ever wanted to be in tears for two consecutive hours? Boy have I got the movie for you.

    Beautiful animation, score, voice acting, and writing.

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

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  • Sleep Has Her House

    Sleep Has Her House

    ★★★½

    I was prepared to love this for the first 30 minutes; gorgeous shots, fantastic atmosphere, and impressive manipulation of light and contrast. The editing of these scenes together creates some highly surreal visuals as well. It can be quite beautiful. But over time I found it difficult to maintain full interest, particularly due to how often there were not visuals. There is always a debate when it comes to the appropriate length for a long take, but if you're showing…

  • The Curse of La Llorona

    The Curse of La Llorona

    ★★

    The rare kind of film that is made better when seen in a theater full of rowdy teens. But even that couldn't bring enough life to this one to make it more than just bearable. So-so acting (Raymond Cruz at least brings a little humor to the last act), an endless stream of poor, over-telegraphed jumpscares, a complete lack of urgency from most characters, enhanced by mediocre editing. There are few decent low key effects and scares, but they always…

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  • The Silence

    The Silence

    ★½

    Birdemic with a budget. Tucci and Shipka deserve better than this.

  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

    Yeah, I just burst into tears at the sight of two animated bears hugging in a theater packed full of children.