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  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★★

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

    Oof. As much as this was a chore to sit through, I find some satisfaction in the idea the Joanna Hogg somewhat succeeded in portraying the spiraling black hole abusive relationships can become. There is something so frustrating about watching a helpless person fall victim to the predatorial behavior of an addict and psychological abuser. The layered "film within a film" works surprisingly well, better than most I can remember in recent memory. I loved the inclusion of footage as…

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    ★★★

    “My name is Carol!” has to be the most anticlimactic ~badass~ line imaginable. 

    Pretty cookie cutter origin story about another superhero who finds out their whole world is a lie. I like the not-so-overt message of a woman not needing an excuse for her emotions, the soundtrack that is sometimes awesome and sometime incredible generic, and Nick Fury’s eye (of course).

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  • Vice

    Vice

    ★★

    Honestly, the highlight of this movie is finding out that Tyler Perry can play a decent Colin Powel.

    I think "Vice" has confirmed that I just don't vibe with Adam Mckay's recent style of movies. He is obviously a talented comedy writer, but his attempts to handle complex/political events in a humorous manner just come across as pretentious and condescending to the viewer. There's no need for this, especially considering Mckay himself has admitted that he knew next to nothing…

  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★

    Don't get me wrong, this was a sweet and funny family story that I genuinely enjoyed and really hope does well when it's released this summer. The ensemble cast is great and Awkwafina as Billi proves she has the dramatic chops that Hollywood is probably trying hard to ignore. It is obvious Lulu Wang poured a ton of personal thought and love into this movie and that intention is very much present. Familial sweetness and cute/emotional tributes aside, I cannot…