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  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ★★★★★

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

    was a 90, now a 100

    “Don’t you think they’re the same thing? Love and attention?” 

    In just her first directorial outing, Greta Gerwig showcases a seasoned understanding of the power that lies within sensory simplicity, and Lady Bird is made all the more staggering for it. With the voracity of a self-indulgent high-schooler, the chronology is only concerned with the immediate repercussions of each decision, and asks the viewer to sort out their significance later. Each frame is a…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    87

    A seismic spectacle of dizzying proportions - one that effortlessly transcends the definition of animation, yet simultaneously represents everything I love about the medium. Into The Spider-Verse not only maximizes the potential of Spidey’s deep roster of stylized do-gooders and mechanized menaces, it gives fans a story worthy of the character’s illustrious history. An origin story to end all origin stories (yeah, who am I kidding), the story of Miles Morales easily surpasses that of any live-action adaptation put…

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    100 

    Words from a text I’ll never send:

    Dear [REDACTED], 

    I’m beginning to forget what your face looks like. How your body is curved, almost impossibly so; how the sunset emphasizes your freckles, and transforms your face to a map of constellations; how your touch can alleviate all my worries. I’m beginning to forget it all. I suppose it would’ve happened eventually — I just wish I had more days to cherish those moments before time took them from me.…

  • Psycho

    Psycho

    ★★★★

    84

    A masterclass in tense physicality and voyueristic dread, Psycho is nothing short of a technical marvel. Given what the medium of film is currently capable of, it was an absolute joy watching Hitchcock manifest primal reluctance with just a simple, mesmeric pan of the lens; for an aspiring filmmaker, watching a master such as he work the camera, as a conductor would his orchestra, proved to be quite the treat. It was incredible watching its iconic shower scene —…

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★½

    93

    “Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.”
    - Jeremiah 11:11

    While my referential horror vernacular is admittedly limited, I deliver the following statement with the utmost confidence: cinemagoers’ newest foray into the perverse mind of Jordan Peele is The Shining for a new generation, in that it’s much less concerned with superficial, temporary…

  • Jaws

    Jaws

    ★★★★½

    87

    I’m terrified of the ocean. Ever since my days as a young boy, positive experiences with the deep blue have been far and few between. Jellyfish stings, rashes, ringworm, being beaten by waves within an inch of drowning — you name it, I’ve probably seen it. Sure, it’s gorgeous, and every afternoon the skyline serves up an absolute banger of an Instagram post (or if you’re not insufferable, a sunset worthy of pensive basking), but there’s always something that…