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  • Knives and Skin

    Knives and Skin

    ★★★★

    [Reeder] gives these teen girls a complex voice that suits their evolving hormones, ambitions, and identities [despite] what the voices of tradition say in their heads.

    my full review at The Film Stage and archived

  • Murder!

    Murder!

    ★★½

    Regardless of some nice visual flourishes and effective performances, Murder! is therefore undone by a ludicrous script surely made more so with almost a century of time passing since release.

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    Where so many Hollywood-ized "gay" stories end on a positive note of rebirth and optimism, Guadagnino is helming a love story unafraid to highlight the suffering one always contains. Love is only able to live up to its name if its absence rips out your heart to the point of numbing yourself from ever risking such pure emotion again. Love isn't sex. Love is pain.

    my full review at BuffaloVibe and archived

  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★½

    Aesthetic realism is only improvement if it improves the whole. I don't think anyone could objectively agree [this does] considering these graphics ultimately harmed it.

    my full review at The Film Stage and archived