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Top 10 Films of 2017

For this list, I have no criteria besides choosing the 10 movies that stuck with me and were the most memorable viewing experiences of the entire year. Film is a subjective medium, so I’m not gonna waste anyone’s time trying…
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2018 Academy Award Nominations

Best Picture: “Call Me by Your Name” “Darkest Hour” “Dunkirk” “Get Out” “Lady Bird” “Phantom Thread” “The Post” “The Shape of Water” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Thoughts: Are there some snubs? Absolutely. Films like The Florida Project and Blade…
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Spoiler Free Review for The Shape of Water

Title: The Shape of Water Date: 2017 MPAA: Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, violence and language Director: Guillermo del Toro Starring: Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones Synopsis: Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a…
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Spoiler Free Review for Ingrid Goes West

Title: Ingrid Goes West Date: 2017 MPAA: Rated R for language throughout, drug use, some sexual content and disturbing behavior Director: Matt Spicer Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen, O’Shea Jackson Jr. Synopsis: An unhinged social media stalker (Plaza) moves to LA and insinuates…
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Spoiler Free Review for Brigsby Bear

Title: Brigsby Bear Date: 2017 MPAA: PG-13 Director: Dave McCary Starring: Kyle Mooney, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Claire Danes Synopsis: Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one: James. When the show abruptly ends, James’s life changes…
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Spoiler Review for Paterson

“Sometimes an empty page presents more possibilities.” Paterson is remarkable because it turns ordinary life into poetry, and even moves from scene to scene like a real poem. It’s ambiguous, beautiful, and will leave you thinking differently about the world…
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Why I Love: Paterson

The next film on my Why I Love series is Jim Jarmusch’s 2016 indie Paterson starring Adam Driver as a bus driving poet. My previous two Why I Love films, Pulp Fiction and Boyhood, are among my favorites of all time, but I already had high expectations before watching them…
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Spoiler Review for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

“This is not going to go the way you think!” Luke Skywalker yells this in agony to young Jedi, Rey, in the beginning of The Last Jedi. In a way, this is Rian Johnson’s statement to the audience just how…
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A Deep Dive Into Nathan For You’s Masterpiece “Finding Frances”

Nathan Fielder pushes himself to places that very few comedians would even dare go. On his show, he’s risked breaking the law, falling off a building, and even made serious attempts in bringing down big business like Starbucks and Uber….
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Spoiler Free Review for The Florida Project

Title: The Florida Project Date: 2017 MPAA: Rated R for language throughout, disturbing behavior, sexual references and some drug material. Director: Sean Baker Starring: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe Synopsis: Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she…
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