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  • Top Gun

    Top Gun

    ★★★★

    When I pick movies to watch, I tend to look forward instead of back. I've watched almost every major release since 2016, when I really got into movies. In the previous years, there are numerous blind spots though. It's just tough to catch up on just decades of cinema. All that being said, when my local theater decides to screen Top Gun for the weekend, I am IN.

    There isn't much that hasn't been said or previously dissected about Top…

  • Bo Burnham: Inside

    Bo Burnham: Inside

    ★★★★

    The funniest thing about Inside is that Netflix bills it as a comedy special. Burnham continues to be much more than the sum of his parts.

    The satirical yet juvenile edge that propelled his earlier stuff hasn't dulled, but it has become much more cynical and world-weary. That isn't necessarily bad, but it's certainly different, and Inside is Burnham's adjustment period.

    What makes the special so electrifying though despite these growing pains, is that we, as an audience, get to…

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  • Army of the Dead

    Army of the Dead

    ★★★

    About what you'd expect. Zack Snyder brings both his strengths and weaknesses to Army of the Dead's zombie/heist mashup. It hits a lot of the cinematic and action buttons you expect it to, albeit with a surprising amount of tension and restraint.

    At the same time though, I'm a stickler for narrative and thematic cohesion, and the film really lacks both. There must have been quite a bit left of the cutting room floor, which is impressive considering Army of…

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    It's probably kind of obvious, but this would make a great double feature with Call Me by Your Name. I imagine comparing LGBTQ+ cinema through the varying lenses of the female and male gaze would be a very interesting experience.

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire is a gorgeous experiment in simplicity. Forbidden love is a story as old as time, and this film does it just right. Quite a feat to make a movie so bare bones yet lacking…