• Pearl

    Pearl

    ★★★★½

    So pretty. But so sad :(

    This film was awesome. The shots were gorgeous, the sets and effects were top notch, West's direction was practically flawless, and Mia Goth gave one of the best performances I've seen all year. Score was killer too! Had a great time and laughed a lot, but it was also bleak in the most upsetting way.

    87%

  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★

    Just two gay homies getting girlfriends, fighting tigers, dancing, and upending British tyranny.

    84%

  • Do Revenge

    Do Revenge

    ★★★½

    Enjoyable watch. Maya Hawke is queen, and the chemistry between her and Camila Mendes was pretty believable. The editing, music, and writing all made for a digestible experience. The twist wasn't terribly shocking, but it did add an extra level of depth and flare to the story. This was pretty much everything a teen movie should be, and maybe even a little bit more.

    71%

  • Mayhem

    Mayhem

    ★★½

    I've had a few days to let this settle on me, and I really just don't care for this. What I can say is that this was a brisk watch and Steven Yeun radiates character. Outside of that, I didn't really feel an ounce of chemistry between Yeun and Weaving. The style was flashy but never really worked for me. The action was pretty goofy and I was never fully engaged, which is unfortunate to say because I had always been interested in watching this.

    54%

  • The Other Lamb

    The Other Lamb

    ★★★½

    Dad and I were looking for a horror film to watch, and we settled on this. I got pretty much exactly what I had hoped for. The cinematography was beautiful; there were some absolutely God tier shots. The story was pretty engaging, even if not all that fresh in concept. The actors were all really good. Not the most subtle picture, but one that left me satisfied.

    72%

  • Barbarian

    Barbarian

    ★★★★

    Barbarian is a wild ride with plenty of tension and disgusting imagery that kept me hooked for the whole runtime. I had never seen Georgina Campbell in a film, but she did a great job leading the story, elevating a character that could have so easily been purely reactionary. Skarsgård and Long also brought necessary amounts of life and nuance to the heart of the film. The plot was ever-shifting, but not obnoxious; it was slick, but not often derivative.…

  • Xanadu

    Xanadu

    ★★★★

    Maybe it's just because I watched this in a theater full of people who were passionate about the film, but I thought Xanadu was extremely sweet and I had a great time watching it. It was just as wacky as it needed to be, had great sets and colors, and was loaded with a banging soundtrack. Seeing old Gene Kelly dance with the stunning Olivia Newton-John really warmed my heart.

    81%

  • Mulholland Drive

    Mulholland Drive

    ★★★★★

    I have officially seen two Lynch films in theaters, and both have made for some of the best experiences I've ever had watching a movie. This is even more of a masterpiece than I initially thought it to be.

    98%

  • Funny Pages

    Funny Pages

    ★★★★½

    This was a great time. The start set the tone perfectly, and the hilarity that followed had me equal parts amused and uncomfortable. All the actors did an incredible job and the energy was so vibrant, due to the meticulous attention to editing, framing, lighting, and music. Would recommend.

    86%

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    The kid named finger:

  • Malignant

    Malignant

    ★★★★

    The level of cheese and spunk in this is so admirable and so fun. I can get how it may seem kinda bad to some people, but the craft is intentionally handled by James Wan. I love how every character is essentially whittled down to a caricature. The unnecessary romance and the jarring drops of Where Is My Mind? are hilarious. Debated moving this up to a 4.5/5, but I think the ending might feel a bit rushed to me even though I still love it.

    84%

  • Alone with You

    Alone with You

    ★★½

    I feel really bad for giving this as low of a rating as I am, because this is a deeply thought-out film. The messages are front and center and not often lost in the mix of the story. Unfortunately, there were so many choices–whether that be dialogue, editing, or acting–that really felt like a barricade between the directors and the audience. It really just comes down to the fact that some of the filmmaking here was a bit awkward. Props to the directors for making something interesting, it just didn't work for me.

    53%