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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

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  • Ride Your Wave

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  • Catwoman: Hunted

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  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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  • Nope

    Nope

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    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Seeking to settle a bet, former California governor (and later founder of Stanford University) Leland Stanford beckons noted photographer Eadweard Muybridge to develop a camera mechanism that will capture a horse's gallop second-by-second to prove that at a point all four hooves leave the ground. After some experimentation, Muybridge succeeds, using tripwires triggered by the horse to record each stage of movement. It's a corker of a story, making the history it relates that much more captivating.

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  • Columbus

    Columbus

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    See, it's asymmetrical but it's also still balanced.

    Casey grew up in Columbus, Indiana, desperately cares for her mother, and, because of that, fears leaving behind everything she knows and cares for. Jin lives in Seoul, struggles to find concern for his ailing father, and eagerly anticipates the day he can return home. Youthfully unguarded, yet matured from experience, Casey is mesmerizing to be around, while Jin's stoicism and bluntness suggest an "old man" set in his ways, but all…

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  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

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    What is reality?!!!

    In whodunits, half of the detective's prowess stems from their ability to eavesdrop. Unassuming in demeanor, attire, and often social skills, the suspects orbiting these characters are convinced to let their guard down in one way or another, revealing their culpability or innocence. As the viewer, our perspective regularly aligns with the detective, with the camera dolling out clues through the tidbits the detective overhears or is accidentally made privy to. The mystery then lives between the…

  • Ride Your Wave

    Ride Your Wave

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    When a relationship dissolves - whether by choice or tragedy - memories of the time before its dissolution cling onto whoever has been left behind. Like sea water coating a body emerging from the ocean, those remembrances of fonder times are felt with an immediacy nearer the severing. As with Hinako in Ride Your Wave, those memorial droplets are more difficult to shake off when they encompass the relationship's "honeymoon phase;" when the romantic currents were lively and wild, not…

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  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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    As much as the third Indiana Jones film is about obsessive tendencies (concisely indicated by the hard cut between young and old Indy, both fighting for the Cross of Coronado), it is also about transference of knowledge. That is to say, where the Nazis burn books, Henry Jones shares them with his son. Indy is a testament to the teachings of his father, following in his academic footsteps and displaying a number of the same personality traits; he's been shaped…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

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    A personal aside before the review: The Alamo Drafthouse in Kansas City continues its run as the most impressive theater in the area by providing a free, early screening of Fury Road, entirely making my week!

    (EDIT 08/14/2020 - After reading accounts from KC Alamo employees - some of whom worked there during the time of this Fury Road screening - in The Pitch, I feel awful about promoting and supporting this particular location for so long now knowing that…