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  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I'm just so drawn to the tension between Scottie's obsessive love and his sense of vindication, to the point where you can't tell which is which at a certain point. Though on this subsequent rewatch I'm even more sympathetic toward Judy, who seems to be fighting toward something genuinely noble even though she knows it's probably too late for her own salvation. A love that can never be is one of the great love stories of cinema, perhaps BECAUSE it can never be.

  • To the Bone

    To the Bone

    ★★★

    The film is at its best when it gets to the root of its characters as individuals, at its worst when it attempts to give us more of a general 411. Lily Collins does solid emotional heavy lifting in the lead role, and the supporting cast around her is excellent. I just wish we had gotten a clearer picture of them all.

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★½

    Okay, so this may be a case where the star rating doesn't properly reflect my conflicted feelings about Martin McDonagh's award season front runner (it's honestly pretty amazing I'm writing those words). On the one hand, it's got everything I love about McDonagh: the masterful plotting, the savage humor, characters who suddenly and beautifully reveal their human frailty just when we think we've got them pegged. And oh, the acting. Frances McDormand doesn't need to remind us all how great…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    Scrap everything you've heard and watch this as an absurdist comedy in the vein of Beckett or Bunuel; it blooms like a beautiful, terrifying flower.