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Get Out
Get Out (2017)
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Get Out is a brilliant piece of writing that doesn't poke fun at white people in general but instead focuses its ire on the (very loud) sect of far left white people who try so hard to prove they're not racist that they end up thinking they can speak for (and be offended for) black people. It's a tense thriller that manages to both be funny and scary, with the added bonus of being incredibly smart...even if it does go on a bit longer than it needs to.

Arrival (2016)
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

If you're the kind of person who looks at their watch if something hasn't exploded after five seconds, you'll hate Arrival. If you're the kind of person who spends their evenings questioning existential paradigms about the complexity of human relationships and our reliance on abstract notions of free will and adherence to fate while pretending to like indie films that you have to think way too hard about, you'll love Arrival. I loved Arrival, so I'm not sure what that says about me, but it probably explains why I have Godzilla posters in my apartment. It's best seen blindly, and by that I don't mean you should blindfold yourself, but you should go see it without reading any reviews. Which you just broke by reading this review. You ruined it. Hope you're proud of yourself. It's moving, beautiful, and I'm pretty mad at myself for not coming up with it first. One day...

Star Trek Beyond
10 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

For a movie with "beyond" in the title, STB plays it surprisingly safe. The plot is generic, the MacGuffin is generic, the villain is generic, and even the twist-that-isn't-shocking-at-all is generic. Star Trek purists will be disappointed that the series has been sapped of the quintessential exploration, science, and theology that made the original series so popular, but for the rest us, the two hours of grandiose effects and humor is more than enough to keep us occupied.

10 Cloverfield Lane
16 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

What I love about '10 Cloverfield Lane' is that it's a great example of how a tense, expertly-crafted psychological thriller can be made with such limited resources. What I hate about '10 Cloverfield Lane' is that no one would've seen it if not for tacking on the 'Cloverfield' name, and the jarring tonal shift in the final 15 minutes to accommodate that marketing gimmick feels vastly out of place in what is otherwise a fine film.