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  • First Cow

    First Cow

    ★★★★½

    "History isn't here yet. It's coming, but maybe this time we can take it on our own terms."

    Kelly Reichardt has been one of my favorite directors for a while now, mainly because I truly don't think anyone else is able to internalize emotions on screen as well as she can without losing the characterization that lies at the core of her narratives. Her stories always feel so organic, birthed from nature yet always carrying pieces of humanity that ultimately…

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★★

    Spike Lee's masterful epic Da 5 Bloods is one of the most powerful films of the year, an unflinching look at the lives of black soldiers during and after the Vietnam War and the conflict they dealt with on the battlefield as well as internally. I truly think that no one could make a film like this but Spike Lee. His stylish, fluid manner of balancing tones, as well as conveying his narratives and the journeys of his characters, are in…

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  • Dancer in the Dark

    Dancer in the Dark

    ★★★★½

    "107 steps."

    A film so heartbreaking to the point where you feel as if you're having a hundred nails hammered into your soul, yet simultaneously moving and a poetic deconstruction of musical storytelling. Björk's stellar performance is absolutely devastating, and the movie becomes increasingly harder and harder to watch as you see her character's life spiral further out of grasp but Von Trier's direction is assured, deeply tender and intimate even during the film's gut-wrenching final moments. What a remarkable cinematic achievement.

  • Spree

    Spree

    ★★★½

    "If you're not documenting yourself, you just don't exist."

    Eugene Kotlyarenko's Spree is a fascinating look at social media from the eyes of a clout-hungry rideshare driver named Kurt Kunkle, played to perfection by Joe Keery in a transformative performance. Keery is simply electric here and imbues so much of the insane desperation many young adults are defined by in the age of social media. It's a tad messy, but admirably so, and feels influenced by films such as Nightcrawler

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  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    “It's a bear.”

    Ari Aster, you madman. This managed to be one of the funniest, haziest, vilest, sickening, hallucinatory, disturbing, and moving films of the year. Near perfection from beginning to end. Manages to be the perfect rom-com and the most mesmerizing horror film of the year. Balances tones so well. My god, this fucked me up. 

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  • The Lion King

    The Lion King

    ★★★

    This film was never going to work for general audiences. Unlike most classic Disney films, you can’t really fuck around with The Lion King. It’s too classic a story, too treasured an icon. The sad thing is that everyone is getting mad for nothing. Because in all honesty, I like this much more than the original. In fact, I’d go so far as to say it’s better. That’s right, I said it. Everyone is afraid to admit it, but the…