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  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    ★★★½

    A particularly loud argument for the loving mother as the most important member of the American nuclear family. What Leatherface really needs is a freshly baked batch of meemaw's snickerdoodles. As for the house itself, well, it could've used a woman's touch.

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    Sure it's a bit muddy, but would a nomad have it any other way?

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  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    50% Hallmark made-for-TV movie, 50% ultraviolent grindhouse spectacular, 100% stupid

  • The Place Beyond the Pines

    The Place Beyond the Pines

    ★★★★

    1. Otherwise known by it's tentative title: The (Motor)Cycle of Poverty.

    2. To suggest that its greater theme is exclusively a parable about the sins of the father manifesting themselves in the son ignores the socio-economic conditions that exist beneath the surface of this presentation of the axiom. This added layer gives the oft-explored parable a lot more to chew on and an urgent modernity that justifies the retelling as an American epic.

    3. That said, it's not like the…