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  • Free Solo

    Free Solo

    ★★

    Exactly what I expected. Strong filmmaking about a delusional, macho quest for glory.

    The essential question: Is there anything noble or interesting about an irritating, egomaniacal white man with an invincibility complex and a death wish who doesn't know how to communicate?

    Answer:
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    Not for me. At all.

  • Filth

    Filth

    ★★★

    An insanely bonkers, porny mess, but a strangely amusing one? James McAvoy is pure sex, as usual, and the title is the most apt of any in recent memory. Still, one of the most genuinely bizarre, wtf viewing experiences I've had in a while.

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  • The Shape of Water

    The Shape of Water

    ★★★★★

    This dark, vivid, and arrestingly beautiful fairy tale is a worthy successor to Pan’s Labyrinth and a powerful reaffirmation of visionary director Guillermo del Toro’s status as one of the greatest filmmakers of his generation. Brought to life by a truly magnificent cast of character actors (including Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, and Michael Stuhlbarg), all at the top of their game and each of whom should contend in the acting races this awards season,…

  • Colette

    Colette

    ★★★★★

    Knightley should catapult straight to the top of any Best Actress shortlist for her dazzling work in this intricate, sumptuous feast of a film--one of the most lively, lush, and savory biopics of the decade, which does absolute justice to its bold and brilliant subject. Magnifique.