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  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★

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    Kelly Reichardt’s First Cow tested me in a lot of ways. To be able to just sit and let the story on screen unfold at a pace more concerned with detail than moving the plot is not something I’m used to. Many call First Cow peaceful, but for me, it was more akin to restless. Finding peace is a learned skill, carved from time and patience.

    First Cow tells the story of former baker Cookie Figowitz…

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★★

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    I’d like to make this analogy: Good Time to Uncut Gems is The Squid and the Whale to Marriage Story. Although many critics would say otherwise, I think Good Time and The Squid and the Whale are better films than their more successful predecessors. While Noah Baumbach excels at painting the dynamic of a dysfunctional family, the Safdie brothers excel at building adrenaline junky characters who have a blindspot for how their reckless actions might affect…

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  • The Painter and the Thief

    The Painter and the Thief

    ★★★★½

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    The irony in The Painter and the Thief is that while the title of this documentary categorizes one protagonist as a painter and the other a thief, the film actually paints two holistic pictures of these characters, whose labels as “painter” and “thief” do not define them at all.

    In 2015, Czech artist Barbora Kysilkova received a call informing her that two of her most famous paintings, Chloe & Emma (left) and Swan Song (right), had…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

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    Midsommar, starring Florence Pugh and distributed by A24, is not a traditional horror movie. The film begins with psychology student Dani Ardor’s sister killing herself by filling their home with carbon monoxide. This incident affects Dani deeply and strains her already tense relationship with boyfriend Christian Hughes. The next summer, Dani goes to a midsummer celebration in Sweden with her boyfriend and their friends. The celebration occurs every 90 years at their Swedish friend Pelle’s…