Licorice Pizza (2021)

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Licorice Pizza follows Alana (Alana Haim) and Gary (Cooper Hoffman) as they navigate their burgeoning relationship in the San Fernando Valley during the 1970s. Gary is immediately enamored with Alana, while she flounders with returning Gary’s affections and being mad at him.

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The Mule (2018)

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The Mule surrounds Earl Stone (Clint Eastwood) as he becomes a mule for the Mexican cartel once his flower business fails, he’s estranged from his family and wants to get back into their good graces.

I am not a big fan of Clint Eastwood’s movies recently, but this is one of his better ones. The film is actually pretty humorous, my favorite part of the film was Eastwood saying insults in Spanish. It’s a straightforward film and fairly predictable, but Eastwood gives a good performance.

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A Star is Born (2018)

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A Star is Born surrounds Southern, rock star Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) finding Ally (Lady Gaga) at a drag bar and being transfixed by her singing talent. They start to fall in love and Jackson helps Ally get footing in her singing career, but as she rises to pop stardom, he cannot stop spiraling downward.

This is Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut and what a feat this was. Kudos to him because every shot in this film was deliberate and the film was extremely well made. He also does a great job on the acting side of things and is believable as an aging rock star. Lady Gaga was also outstanding in her role and I was very impressed because even though I knew she acted before, this is her first leading role in a film and she delivered. They had really great chemistry together and I knew that they worked together a lot in pre-production to do this film right, which they succeeded in doing.

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