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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★

    Very much the work of a Gen X'er pretending that Gen Z is some kind of ideal society, with every character from the beginning of the film being practically self-actualized. With that, there is absolutely no dramatic urgency: I mean, sure, the girls have something to prove to their classmates, but motivations steadily slip throughout the film—to the convenience of the plot. And that is what this is: a film that cribs all its emotional beats from Superbad without understanding…

  • Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever

    ★★★

    Our mutual lack of empathy will destroy us

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  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    Star Wars: The Last Jedi

    ★★½

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

    Watching the Original Trilogy I have sometimes felt that they seem so weirdly predetermined, like you know everything that will happen. Most likely a product of seeing them so many times and having their narratives etched so strongly in the pop cultural tapestry, but also perhaps a product of them being kind-of-boring films. That being said, each of the originals has their moments: STAR WARS had a lightning-quick pace while feeling lived-in and complete, EMPIRE was deliciously bleak and dystopic,…

  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    A film about the ineffability of feelings that too transcends emotions; an avant-garde experience centered around our postmodern technocratic position on Earth; a brief visionary sensation into the ultimate future of the motion picture—and in fact, all mediums of—arts, floating on a speck of a soundwave in your Spotify brand app: a unwinking post-capitalist satire on that very institution of human communication.