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  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Matilda
  • Boogie Nights
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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  • Euphoria: F*ck Anyone Who’s Not a Sea Blob

    ★★★★

  • Euphoria: Trouble Don't Last Always

    ★★★½

  • West Side Story

    ★★★★

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★½

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  • Don't Look Up

    Don't Look Up

    ★★½

    Adam McKay said more about the world with his "smart dumb" comedies and it’d be nice if he pulled one of those out again.

  • Nightmare Alley

    Nightmare Alley

    ★★★

    Expectedly gorgeous to look at (production design is especially top-notch) and there's good performances throughout (Cate Blanchett especially), but I often felt at a distance emotionally (though the last half-hour pack something of a punch) and found that the pacing can be a real hindrance (too much of a slow-burn for its own good).

    Certainly a genre exercise for Del Toro in kind of the same way CRIMSON PEAK is. Saddens me that I didn't love this like I do that movie.

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  • Bohemian Rhapsody

    Bohemian Rhapsody

    Looks like we have a new (and near-perfect) example of how bad the music biopic can be.

    Hilariously so for the first hour at least, simplifying history to such a tee it becomes nearly incomprehensible, barreling through almost every biographical cliche in the book without a hint of irony (unsurprisingly what we were bound to get from the screenwriter behind Darkest Hour) and dialogue so on-the-nose you couldn't tell me this wasn't a Walk Hard sequel in disguise.

    But as…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★½

    A slow, but endlessly unpleasant descent into psychological and metaphysical familial madness - from start to (a just plain nasty) finish. Collette sells it as greatly as you've heard, but don't sleep on Alex Wolff either.

    Can be a bit too slow of a burn in areas and while the final moments are quite effective on a visceral level, they feel a bit unsatisfactory plot-wise. Still, there’s enough to sit with. I’m morbidly curious how this’ll play on another viewing.

    A very solid debut feature that solidifies Ari Aster as someone to watch.

    [CLUCK]