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Palm Springs
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Palm Springs Movie Review

Capsule Review: Funny, twisted and ultimately heartfelt, Palm Springs may end up being one of the best movies of this strange year. 

Best described as a modern take on Groundhog Day, Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti star as two individuals trapped in a time loop. Scary at first. Entertaining for a while. Desperately hopeless beyond that. 

Smartly written by Andy Siara and creatively brought to life by director Max Barbakow, Palm Springs grabs you from the first second and rarely relents, frankly impressive given the type of routine, sun washed movie this could have been. I went in blind, unaware that the movie had anything to do with time loops, a ruthless killer played by JK Simmons, or dinosaurs, and was rewarded aplenty for it. Both Samberg and Milioti have great chemistry together; their sparring and interactions really charge the movie to make it what it is. 

Though presumably not for everyone, Palm Springs, despite being set in Palm Springs, is a blast of creative ingenuity, a darkly sweet and sincere comedy that deserves all the accolades. 

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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