Searching ★★★★★

This is a contender for best film of the year. "Searching" surprised me more than any other and it uses its film-making gimmick in possibly the most technologically accurate depiction of social media. The biggest sin most modern films commit is having a passive protagonist, but John Cho is instantly sympathetic as the father, proactively searching every nook and cranny to find his daughter. You'll be invested in his search from beginning to end, through all the twists and turns (and there are plenty). Films like this usually fall into two categories; painfully simple to figure out or too convoluted to care, but "Searching" is neither, this film is engaging and makes you feel clever by giving you the space to puzzle things out in the more quiet moments while simultaneously pulling the rug from under you in a satisfying way. Highly recommended