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  • Midnight Mass

    ★★★★½

  • The Evil Dead

    ★★★★½

  • Duck Soup

    ★★★★★

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    ★★★★½

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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★★

    Over the last several months, my brother and I rewatched every Walt Disney Animation Studios movie in chronological order. I ranked them all to celebrate Raya’s release.

    Read my full article here! And let me know your personal faves in the comments!

  • Small Axe

    Small Axe

    ★★★★★

    I wrote about my top 20 of 2020 on my website — read the full list here! And I also wrote about the best non-2020 movies that I watched for the first time this year — that list is here.

    Small Axe, as a complete project, topped my list of 2020 wide releases because it’s so much more than the sum of its parts. It’s a gorgeous encapsulation of the beauty and the struggles of West Indian life in London. Not…

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  • Midnight Mass

    Midnight Mass

    ★★★★½

    One of my favorite things of the year. Mike Flanagan is among the very best active filmmakers at crafting both slow-burning horror and nuanced, sympathetic characters, and this is among his finest work to date (along with Hill House). Hamish Linklater is transcendent, everyone else is pretty dang great. If you don’t like long monologues, this’ll drive you insane, but I think it totally fits the intensely personal subject matter — Flanagan’s putting it all out there like someone would…

  • The Evil Dead

    The Evil Dead

    ★★★★½

    Dark, gruesome, and very mean-spirited work from guys who seem incredibly annoyed with their girlfriends and can’t figure out how to express it. It moves like a freight train and every scene is visually stunning, with gorgeous overdramatic lighting and innovative visual effects. The performances and dialogue in this first movie are already hilarious, and I know it’s only going to get wilder from here.

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  • Do the Right Thing

    Do the Right Thing

    ★★★★★

    If you don’t think Sal is a racist, you should probably rewatch this movie. His climactic use of racial slurs can’t be chalked up to a lapse of judgement. He repeatedly clarifies that he only tolerates black people because they haven’t done anything bad to him, and because they provide his livelihood. His respect for the black community is entirely conditional and transaction-based — as soon as his “terms” of respect (essentially not having any major negative encounters with any…

  • The New Mutants

    The New Mutants

    Despite a great cast and an intriguing premise, The New Mutants is a lifeless gallery of clichés from both the superhero and horror genres. Combine It and X-Men, then strip that combination of anything remotely worthwhile, and you get this movie. The paper-thin characters don’t even have interesting powers, save for Anya Taylor-Joy’s Magik, who has a strange combination of several abilities that make absolutely no sense together. And there’s basically no story to speak of. Nothing happens for 90 minutes and…