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  • Jurassic Park
  • Clue
  • The Silence of the Lambs
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  • Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★★½

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

  • Hereditary

    ★★★½

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  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    Sorry To Bother You is a surrealist acid trip through the wildly wonderful and inventive mind of writer/director Boots Riley.

    I heard someone describe the film as “Brazil meets Idiocracy,” which is the perfect elevator pitch. Sprinkle in some Spike Lee, Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry, Spike Jonze, and, baby, you got a stew goin’.

    The admittedly clunky third act careens beautifully off the rails, but I absolutely admire Boots’ commitment and confidence to go from absurd to batshit crazy to WHAT THE FUUUUUUCCCKKKKK.

    Also, Tessa Thompson is in EVERYTHING. She’s fantastic.

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★★½

    “Love is at the root of everything, all learning, all relationships. Love — or the lack of it.”

    A moving, gentle portrait of America’s friendliest neighbor.

    Fred Rogers was a saint. A national treasure. A human anomaly. For decades, he quietly preached an unsensational ideology of kindness, which, in our current political shitshow climate, seems profoundly radical. He had an uncanny ability to connect with and speak directly to children. He taught a generation to care for and love one another. We didn’t deserve him. But we certainly needed him.

    I laughed. I (mostly) cried. I was inspired.

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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★½

    Despite what you’ve been led to believe based on the many gushing reviews and hyperbolic marketing, Hereditary is NOT the Second Coming of Jesus Horror Christ. And that’s okay! I wasn’t expecting to anoint Hereditary as The Greatest Horror Movie Ever Made.

    However, it IS a confident, extremely well-made psychological horror. A demon spawn of Rosemary’s Baby and The Witch. Toni Collette definitely steals the show here. An outstanding, unnerving, emotive performance. There’s a ton of disturbing imagery on display, including…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    Shockingly, I don’t think I’ve watched the entirety of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey in one sitting. I’ve seen bits and pieces over the years. But, honestly, to watch an average DVD copy of 2001 on a 32-inch TV in my college apartment a decade ago would’ve been a cinematic crime. Hell, watching this classic on a 60-inch flat screen probably doesn’t do it justice either. This epic demands to be seen on the biggest screen possible. I’ve been…