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- Avengers: Infinity War
aka Avengers: The Leftovers. Seriously, it’s pretty amazing the Russo Brothers can pull off such an enjoyable movie with so many moving parts and a sprawling cast. Every character had multiple moments to shine and do what they do best. I’ve been waiting 10 years to get to this moment and can’t believe we have to wait one more to see how it ends.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
A love letter to comic books as an art form and the lasting power of Spider-Man. This movie is so, so good. I was thrilled, I laughed, I choked up. I can’t wait for more!
Brutal and hilarious. The 80s look to the film was very cool. I can’t wait for more Art the Clown.
- The Florida Project
Wow, this was some movie. Bria Vinaite was amazing in her first acting job holding her own with Willem Dafoe. The kids were adorable little monsters.
The most shocking aspect of the movie is that there were no jump scares whatsoever. What a refreshing change of pace. The movie was very unsettling mostly because I had no idea where it was going next, I was just along for the ride.
- Eighth Grade
Wow, what a movie. It had me smiling and cringing the entire time. I’m glad those years are far, far behind me. One of the best films of 2018 for sure.
A real enjoyable throwback to the mid 90s high concept cyberpunk thriller with a bunch of practical gore effects thrown in for fun.
A finely crafted story with two amazing lead performances. Every new plot detail had me trying to figure out where this movie was going.
Visceral and pretty unrelenting. I liked it a lot. I also have to wonder what the fake blood budget was on this movie, it had to be at least 25% of the total budget.
- Under the Silver Lake
Since I’ve watched this movie I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the career trajectories of David Robert Mitchell and Richard Kelly. Both directors followed up their cult indie hits (IT FOLLOWS and DONNIE DARKO) with wildly ambitious tales of Los Angeles. Personally I do not like Southland Tales and I feel that Richard Kelly has never really recovered from that film. I think Under The Silver Lake’s secret codes within codes and dangling plot threads will be studied and dissected by fans for years to come. I know this movie isn’t getting the most positive reviews but I really liked it and I hope Mitchell gets a few more chances to do his thing.