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  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★★½

    When I was in high school I drove a Ford Taurus and we called it the Clitaurus so, yeah, I RELATE to this filmic masterpiece.

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★½

    With The Florida Project Sean Baker showcases his ability to make beautiful even the ugliest of settings and, in doing so, highlights glimmers of hope among society's outcasts. This film is painted with a palette of pastels that make the nightmarish situation of motel living and day-to-day uncertainties seem like a daydream to the children who must endure it. Baker has an uncanny way of tapping into characters who outwardly have nothing in common with him, or with a general…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★★

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

    The main message of the film can be boiled down to one clichéd saying: "Karma's a bitch." To elaborate a bit, the film provides an ethereal meditation on human nature by placing its characters in the harsh conditions of the early 19th century American West. While not a typical Western, there are some familiar tropes at play.

    One of the more interesting aspects is Dicaprio's Hugh Glass and his relationship to, not only his half Pawnee son, but also to…