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  • Avengers: Endgame

    Avengers: Endgame

    ★★★★

    This is a dark, broody, tragic movie, and I kind of love it for how much time it spends just wallowing in misery instead of cutting to the action. It's absolutely a fantastically self-indulgent film, with the filmmakers unquestionably assuming that the audience has a nigh-infinite hunger for scenes of these characters interacting with their own frustrations, with each others' recalcitrance to accept or express emotions, and with their own pasts. Narratively, it's kind of a mess, with a whole…

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★½

    Way more dopey fun than most of the modern-era DC live-action superhero movies, but at times surprisingly dark with the character beats, which alternates with some really goony humor. The tonal shifts between Short Term 12 and Big can be jarring, but frankly, at this point laughs in a DC film are pretty welcome. This movie can be incredibly broad — for instance, there are bullies who seem to solely pick on a kid with a crutch, and no one…

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★½

    This movie is funny. This movie is political. This movie is intelligent and wicked and very, very calculated. This movie is sometimes visually stunning, and impeccably acted.

    But mostly, it's scary as hell.

    For the love of cinema, do not watch the spoilery-ass trailers. Do not read any reviews unless you trust the reviewers to be circumspect about giving away the plot. Go in as blind as possible and just let the story's surprises unfold. Assuming you're okay with scary…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★½

    Sign me up as the apostate that just doesn't appreciate this one, that doesn't really understand why a long, rambling, sleepy movie about a disconnected, disaffected, insanely rich and privileged teenager moping around until he gets laid is so moving to people. There are better romances, better gay coming-of-age movies, better summer-fling stories, and movies where I don't get really really distracted by watching a dude gut a peach in his bed with his bare hands and then fuck it, making an immense mess for someone else to clean up. I will fight the world on this one.