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  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★½

    "We'll burn that bridge when we get to it."

    I need to reevaluate my 2018 ranked list. M:I Fallout holds up incredibly well. Honestly, this is an astonishing feat in action filmmaking. Minus half a star only because it starts to lull ever so slightly around the end of the second act, but I only noticed this on the second viewing because of how gripping it was the first time around.

    That being said, even knowing what happens throughout the whole film, it still had me on the edge of my seat.
    Sensational.

    4.5/5

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★★

    Every time I come back to this film, I find 5 more things to love, and because of that, I have 5 more reasons to begrudgingly muscle past that ending. Goddammit, that ending. Regardless, Trachtenberg has certainly done a terrific job of crafting a thriller that more or less takes place between three rooms, deep underground. John Goodman in EASILY his most terrifying performance of his career (though outside of Barton Fink, I'm not sure what competition this has), and Mary Elizabeth Winstead excels as well.
    4/5

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  • Observe and Report

    Observe and Report

    ★★★

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

    “At this point in my life, I really feel like I could destroy some motherfuckers.”


    Observe and Report
    is a genuinely fascinating satire chronicling how male feelings of inadequacy and powerlessness lead to abuse and fascist behavior. It deconstructs the crime movie genre, in many ways, down to its core. Smart move to cast Rogen, a genuinely likeable actor who frequently plays the underdog, as the lead here. The message gets a little muddled here and there, but there are…

  • The Dirt

    The Dirt

    ★½

    "You don't know fuckin' shit about Walt Disney."


    The Dirt is a quintessentially lazy film. Everything wrong about Bohemian Rhapsody in its capacity as a lazy music biopic is cranked to eleven in Netflix's latest misfire. Major character moments are literally played off-screen or via narration in favor of gratuitous nudity - and before you say "of course there's gratuitous nudity, it's Mötley Crüe!", which of these is more important to see on screen? The year of time during which…

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  • 2070 Paradigm Shift

    2070 Paradigm Shift

    ★★★½

    "Walk with me. Most of the major cities will be replaced with vast pleasure domes, used exclusively by the excelceites, who are the neo-upperclass. While the displaced hoards of lower-class depth-grobblers will live underground in tiered cities, endlessly toiling away for nuggets of neo-plasmin."

    In which Sam Hyde paints a more interesting and dynamic picture of the near future in two sentences than Duncan Jones does in the entire runtime of Mute.

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★

    Phenomenal fun. Takes Fury Road's 2-hour-car-chase formula up a notch. The supporting cast, soundtrack and editing make this film one of the best this year, and the otherwise excellent movie makes you wish he wrote Baby and Debora better. As the two leads, they're the least charismatic and developed characters that Wright has ever put to screen. Thankfully, the rest of the movie pulls their weight for them. Absolutely catch it in the theater, if you can.