A Simple Favor

VERDICT An undeniably intriguing dynamic between Kendrick and Lively is unable to save a movie plagued by baffling mixture of tone and an unsalvageable ending. Only buy the ticket if you’re a super-fan of the leads. REVIEW What Works: Lively’s beguiling performance, her chemistry with Kendrick, and the occasional subversion. Blake Lively is this movie, through and through. […]

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Eighth Grade

VERDICT What looks like a typical coming-of-age story is imbued with such an incredible level of empathy it’s shocking. An absolute must see for anyone, but especially those who were once 8th grade girls. Buy the ticket. REVIEW What Works: The captivating realness of its lead, the sheer amount of empathy shown, and the love […]

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Eric’s 2018 Midyear Movie Report Card

Another Labor Day come and gone means that we’re halfway through the 2018 movie season, and therefore due for a report card. Just skip past this to the report card if you’re a normal person, or read on if you’re thinking “But wait! July 1st is halfway through the year you Gregorian illiterate!” Yes, but […]

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Blindspotting

VERDICT A deep-felt love letter to the city of Oakland that tackles the challenges and intersectionality of masculinity, blackness, gentrification, police violence, the prison system, and what it means to be a friend. Above all else, Blindspotting is sincere in a rare way. Buy this ticket as soon as possible. REVIEW What Works: A slow-boiling screenplay […]

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Skyscraper

VERDICT It’s exactly what it sets out to be; a big, hot, and loud popcorn movie. Skyscraper does its job admirably. The stakes are surprisingly high, Johnson is as charismatic as he ever is, and the action sequeneces are gripping. This needs to be seen on the big screen to be appreciated, so watch it now or […]

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Sorry to Bother You

VERDICT A scathing critique of capitalism and its monopoly over politics, culture, and even one’s sense of self, hidden inside a comedy about being a telemarketer. The sharp dive into the surreal will not appeal to everyone, but it remains a must-see. Buy the ticket. REVIEW More frequent readers will notice that this review does […]

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

VERDICT While not as innovative as the first film, Ant-Man and the Wasp carves out its own niche within the MCU. This is a personal story, without the bombastic stakes of the recent films. If you like Rudd, Cera, size-changing goofs, or mindblowing “de-aging” technology, then buy the cheap seat ticket. If not, it will still […]

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Won’t You be My Neighbor?

VERDICT It does not matter if you’ve ever seen Mr. Rogers show, or even heard of him prior to sitting down in theater – you owe it your own psyche to spend 90 minutes with this beautiful story. See it immediately. REVIEW What Works: Everything. Won’t You be My Neighbor? isn’t really interested in who […]

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

REVIEW What Works: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom rehashes the tired tale of test tube dinosaurs breaking out of their cages to kill and maim scores of people, but this time tries to convince you to care about the fate of these scaly critters. The creatures created in 2015’s Jurassic World are trapped on Isla Nublar […]

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The Incredibles 2

VERDICT While the animation is beautiful and the aesthetics are intriguing as always, the themes and story are completely jumbled. It’s not bad – just disappointing. If you’ve got kids, take them. If not, wait for streaming on this one. REVIEW What Works: Nobody pairs animation and aesthetic like Pixar. It’s almost boring to say that […]

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