Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems ★★★★½

My audience gasped, laughed, and visibly squirmed in their seats, which is how you know this is a Safdie joint.

I'm having a hard time articulating why I loved this movie so much, and I honestly wasn't super convinced for most of the run-time, which is probably because I'd been led to believe that it was a non-stop stress machine, when it's much much more than that. Uncut Gems moves at 100 miles per hour, just like its protagonist, but it's not afraid to slow down occasionally for moments of warmth, humor, and even cosmic wonder. And by the time it was all said and done, I knew I'd seen one of my favorite movies of the year.