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  • Hugo

    ★★★½

  • Upgrade

    ★★★

  • Grindhouse

    ★★★★★

  • Manhunter

    ★★★★½

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  • Sunshine

    Sunshine

    ★★★★★

    So if you wake up one morning, and it's a particularly beautiful day, you'll know we made it.

    'Sunshine' is an exquisitely mounted sci-fi trip, a genre mix tape that infuses hard sci-fi, deep space horror, and philosophical melodrama into a tough minded, exhilarating space odyssey. Humanity's final stand against a frigid extinction from a dying sun strapped to the back of an interstellar bomb built from Earth's only remaining fission materials, manned by a crew that struggles against the…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★★★

    "We've always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements... And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us."

    The vast reach of the the universe has never not been exploited by modern filmmakers to explore the interior conflict…

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  • Hugo

    Hugo

    ★★★½

    I mean, entire sections of 'Hugo' are brimming with sublime filmmaking-- the storybook radiance of Robert Richardson's luminous cinematography that bathes this entire Paris train station in pearls of light, the aching sincerity of Scorsese's struggle to preserve the wonders of cinematic history, a deep and abiding reverence for discovery and preservation. There's even a lovely little dynamic between Hugo and Grace-Moretz that tethers all the visual amazements of Scorsese's film to a human pulse. This is practically gospel to…

  • Upgrade

    Upgrade

    ★★★

    He's not quite as fluid with jacked up, micro-budget viscera and carnage as his industry compadre James Wan, but Leigh Whannell does manage a couple of gnarly set pieces, a few cheeky stabs at techno commentary, and a relatively fun sense of B-movie drive, all inside the framework of a near-future sci-fi sandbox-- all of it fully activated by an exuberant physical performance from Logan Marshall-Green. I can't speak much for the self defeating murder mystery, which kinda struck me…

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  • Shut In

    Shut In

    Trailer = a gripping home invasion thriller with literally no political overtones to be found

    99% of letterboxd comments = FUCKING BEN SHAPIRO OMG I CAN'T EVEN WITH THIS MOVIE.

    You guys realize that's like getting upset with Universal studios because Collin Trevarrow wrote a bad Jurassic Park sequel, right? Get a fucking grip.

    Edit* 99% is OBVIOUSLY an exaggeration. Come on guys.. Upon closer inspection it's more like 98%

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★★

    I love Soul. It's a pure rhapsody of music and emotion.

    "Soul" has love and passion in its heart, and a sparkling vitality in it's step. Pixar, even through their uneven sequels and routine entries as of late, is one of the last great purveyors of western animation and all it's finer qualities.

    Anyone eager for an ethereally gorgeous melding of the more abstract thought concepts in director Pete Doctor's previous project "Inside Out" -- and the ambitious yearning of…