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Under Damien Chazelle's confident direction, stars Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons deliver career-best performances as a young jazz drumming prodigy and his unpredictable mentor in last year's Sundance darling Whiplash. The film chronicles the rise and fall of the tumultuous relationship between its two leads, raising thought-provoking questions about what it takes to truly achieve greatness and the toll that such (necessary?) unerring devotion takes on the mind. On its surface, Whiplash is about the arts, but its larger themes…
The Shape of Water might not be del Toro’s crowning achievement, but it’s pretty damn close. Read my full written review: www.crookedtable.com/2018/01/17/shape-of-water-movie-review/