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  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Lost in Translation
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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

  • The Night House

  • The Fly

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    As far as MCU origin stories go, Shang-Chi really surprised me. I walked in with relatively low expectations, and left smiling at how much I’d enjoyed this journey. 

    Sure, there’s some typical plot goofiness, and towards the end, CGI action overtakes the genuinely great fights, but the way the characters think, feel, and move through each new setting grabbed my attention. 

    Tony Leung is a perfect choice for an antagonist, and he doesn’t disappoint. I’ve been impressed by him since…

  • The Night House

    The Night House

    The Night House works so well because of the atmosphere it creates - dreamy, unsettling, but not so austere as to push the viewer away - this is a creepy movie, and I was enthralled. 

    Earning a jump scare is no easy feat, but The Night House pulls it off multiple times. Creative uses of light, shadow, and set design also work to build tension, and when the central performance is as effective as this, the mix of emotions works…

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  • Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Solo: A Star Wars Story

    ★★

    This really didn’t work for me. Everything I love about Han Solo as a character is missing, and the things that the film chooses to focus on all feel arbitrary and contrived when compared to the more nuanced portrayal Harrison Ford gave in the original Star Wars movies. Since The Force Awakens was released, subtlety and nuance in general seem to be missing from the films, and while I know the concept of subtlety can sound absurd in a series about…

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    Martin Scorsese's Silence is a haunting, thoughtful meditation on faith, suffering, pride, and the nature of God. From the first frame to the last, Scorsese's vision of two priests in Japan is foreboding and harrowing, but also beautiful and occasionally uplifting. 

    Repeatedly described as a swamp, the film's depiction of Japan is ominous and foreboding. The oppressive nature of the inquisitors encroaches from all sides, and even a bright sunny day offers no comfort for the protagonists or the audience.…