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  • Loving

    Loving

    ★★★★

    Nichols impressively avoids the usual Big-Issue Movie pitfalls by going for intimacy at every opportunity. He resists the temptation to underline his story's importance, to spend time on scenes (like courtroom scenes) that we can imagine just fine on our own, and refuses to widen the scope of his movie to demonstrate its influence on the rest of the world, or to show off his naturalistic and meticulous period detail.

    This strikes me as Nichols' most complete, satisfying film since…

  • The Weeping Camel

    The Weeping Camel

    ★★★★

    An act of curiosity, close attention, and vigilance — one that takes an opportunity to observe an extraordinary tradition and ends up finding poetry all over the place.

    Also, I am just so glad to know that somewhere in Mongolia there's a camel-riding farm boy named Dude.

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  • Selma

    Selma

    ★★★★½

    Thank God Almighty.

    Director Ava Duvernay had a monumental task before her, making a high-profile motion picture focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, with a cast of famous names. What’s more, the closer the film has come to release, the more the headlines have shown us just how much we need a Great Film about Dr. King’s vision.

    Even great directors would probably have disappointed us. Think of Spielberg’s Lincoln: Hey, I loved it, but I acknowledge that it…

  • The Fits

    The Fits

    ★★★★½

    A perfect film to screen for a film class: 72 minutes, and full of things to discuss on every matter of filmmaking craft. I won't forget the looks on 20 freshman faces as they made their way out of the classroom while the end credits rolled. The discussion the next day was lively and full of differing interpretations. This stays firmly rooted in my Top 5 of 2016.