Spencer Kain

Spencer Kain

Movies are my passion. Film critic, film student and journalist watching anything and everything I can.
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  • Together Together

    Together Together

    ★★★

    Ed Helms and Patti Harrison’s chemistry is charmingly awkward enough to work even under the film’s familiar story and plotting. The idea that two people can have a love for each other in different ways when a child is involved that isn’t necessarily romantic, is an interesting viewpoint that director Nikole Beckwith brings nice subtleties to. The film ends abruptly though, that it feels there needed to be about 15 or so more minutes to go more in depth on what happens next between the two. Nevertheless, Helms and Harrison really add a lot of much needed depth to this.

  • Mainstream

    Mainstream

    ★★

    Andrew Garfield is giving this everything he’s got with a truly balls-to-the-wall insane performance. He’s been experimenting with all of these different, unique roles and “Mainstream” might be his most insane performance yet. If he keeps up this interesting career trajectory, I can’t even imagine what he’ll do next. Unfortunately, the film around him never once manages to come alive as vividly as he does. It ends up stranding his wild performance in a poorly written, underdeveloped movie. It has…

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  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    “That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero.”

    Gonna try to keep this one a little short to prevent me from rambling on about how perfect this thing is but just know every positive thing I’m sure you’ve already heard about this is 110% true. It’s a full on masterpiece and I am absolutely comfortable calling it that…

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★½

    “Kiss me, my girl, before I'm sick.”

    ‘Phantom Thread’ is an intoxicating nose dive into fashion, romance and yes, even the sexually dominant, tension filled unease of power play between two lovers. Call me crazy, but if anything I’d say this was a Paul Thomas Anderson movie perhaps? 

    And that it is, indeed. It’s certainly only a movie Paul Thomas Anderson could pull off with such unbridled craft and panache. The film and the world contained within it is nothing…