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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★½

    Bumped this up ½ star for its expertly crafted beauty in framing. A tonal sibling to Lost in Translation and this years current favorite of mine, First Cow. I'm not sure that architecture provides "healing," but it certainly calms. The entire film told in one image. Jin and Casey are the two brick structures. They are seemingly floating, staring at each other but never quite touching, both made of strong materials yet suspended without purpose if only to remind each other of their worth.

  • The Painter and the Thief

    The Painter and the Thief

    ★★★★

    Art imitates life, and life is messy. An affecting story of forgiveness (of others and yourself). The relationship between the painter and the thief gets a little murky, but I love a messy redemption story (even when left wanting).

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  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    ½

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  • Meek's Cutoff

    Meek's Cutoff

    ★★★★

    Beautiful scenery and a truly dire situation. Trust someone you despise or trust someone you're conditioned to despise but probably just don't understand. Is the American dream worth losing your humanity? Reichardt has an eye for the 4:3 frame, and a way to cut to the human spirit without telling you what to believe or think.