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  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★

    A story about a boy stuck at the bottom of a well, looking up at a round sky, waiting for someone to save him.

    Wow, did this ever live up to the hype. Hypnotic cinematography with a color scheme unlike anything I've ever seen. Characters of such striking and unnerving specificity, brought to life in performances of uncanny complexity. And patience — such entrancing patience in the storytelling.

    But best of all, it gives me that rare experience of being…

  • Triple Frontier

    Triple Frontier

    ★★½

    Not brought to you by Gillette.

    Here's the story of some dangerous, testosterone-driven American men doing horrible things, and racking up a body count for all the wrong reasons, because this is what America made them, and they don't know how to be anything else.

    But their brows are furrowed, so you know they feel bad about it.

    And that's the thing: I feel like the movie wants us to root for them. Instead, it should be a film about…

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  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★

    Name one movie that is

    a) directed by a woman,
    b) filmed by a woman,
    b) about women, and
    c) deeply concerned with matters of faith.

    I can think of many films directed by men, and focusing on men, that rigorously wrestle with questions about God and the problem of evil. But The Innocents is a remarkably rare event.

    Here's my full review.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    Wow. I am not exaggerating. That was one of the most exhilarating moviegoing experiences of my lifetime. 

    CAUTION: Read as little as possible about the specifics of this film. In particular — if you want one of the year's best surprises — avoid any list of voice actors for this film. There's a voice that shows up just over halfway through that made me laugh out loud for joy and the sheer audacity of the decision. Save as many big…