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Star Wars: The Last Jedi
34 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I hate the fact that I get to be "that guy," but The Last Jedi is...fine. It's got a lot more action that previous installments and a much-needed dose of self-aware humor. However (and I won't spoil anything) for a franchise that's built itself on major twists and revelations, The Last Jedi plays things surprisingly straight; almost every fan theory that's been floating around the internet for the past year is significantly better than the revelations that are actually in the movie. There's also an hour-long subplot regarding a casino planet that feels vastly out of place and goes absolutely nowhere. Still, people will love it because of what it is and the nostalgia, with a sequence that feels like it tries WAYY too hard to capitalize on that nostalgia (you'll know it when you see it). But at the end of the day, it does its job, and that's to provide a couple hours of solid entertainment. Just don't expect much more.

Downsizing
Downsizing (2017)
3 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

Downsizing is a frustrating movie in that it has a clever premise but never actually DOES anything clever with it besides a few sight gags, like a tin can's lid being used as a table or Jason Sudeikis drinking a gin and tonic from an eye dropper. There's almost no sense of danger besides an ISIS-style bombing of a shrunken city that is only seen through a newsreel, and the primary lesson seems to be: Don't marry someone who doesn't truly love you. It isn't terrible, especially thanks to Christoph Waltz's performance as a smuggler who turns a $50 cigar into 900 $1 cigars, but it could have been so much more.

Get Out
Get Out (2017)
10 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
Arrival (2016)
14 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...