GOOD TIME -- A young man tries to round up the money to get his brother out of jail by stealing, dealing, and running for his life. Good Time is an adrenaline-spiked crime drama with a great Robert Pattinson. Seriously, ten years ago if you had said I'd be rooting for Pattinson to find his way into the Best Actor category I'd say you're crazy. But he -- and Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart -- have really evolved into interesting actors in the years since the sparkling vampire saga. Good Time features Pattinson at his best. It is a magnificent movie.
YOUR NAME. -- I was expecting a silly animated body swap comedy. And for a little while, that's what it appeared Your Name was going to be. But then it strikes some unexpected notes and delves deeper. It is a beautiful film. Full of life and wonder. Unexpectedly complex, too. Like a dream you don't wanna wake up from. I love this film.
IN A LONELY PLACE -- There's a thing called Noirvember where you try to watch a film noir every day in the month of November. Um. I didn't quite manage to accomplish that task. But I did see some new noirs and the best of 'em, by far, was Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place. Humphrey Bogart plays a screenwriter who was the last person to see a woman alive. After the mysterious murder, the police suspect Bogie but his neighbor (and cooperating witness) falls in love with him. After a while, we begin to suspect him, too. It's like Bogart is playing toxic masculinity as a living, breathing character. It's a fascinating character study about dangerous men and the women who are drawn to danger, all set to a great noir style.
THOR: RAGNAROK -- An absolute blast. Full of color, wonder, humor, and adventure. The best of the Thor solo adventures by a pretty wide margin and one of the zaniest times spent at the movies this year. Sure, the plot and the villain could've used more depth, but I was having too much fun to notice at the time. Thor: Ragnarok is one of Marvel's best.
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