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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★½

    During the opening credits, morbidly obese women dance joyfully in flesh-jiggling slow motion, completely butt naked except for a couple of high school bandleader props. If ever there was a way to instantly set a subversively idiosyncratic tone, this has to be it.

    Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) is an affluent art gallery owner who has a passion for work that has a grotesque or aggressive bent. Her personal life is cold and hollow, especially when it becomes evident that her…

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    The Girl with All the Gifts

    ★★★★

    In recent years, zombies have virtually saturated the horror market with multiple movies, television shows and games. They’ve now become almost commonplace and have certainly lost some of their previous unique appeal.

    So heading into The Girl With All the Gifts, I was only mildly interested. I knew that it featured some sort of zombie apocalypse but the title made it sound different so I thought I’d give it a go.

    It opens with an immediately intriguing setup.

    A 10-year-old…

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  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    ★★★

    Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) who joined the U.S. army in 1942 with every intention of doing his part to help in the fight against the Japanese. However, as a committed Christian and the 6th commandment 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' firmly in his mind, he refused to touch a rifle, wanting to serve solely as a battlefield medic.

    If Doss did even half of the heroic deeds depicted in this movie, it's truly amazing.…

  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★

    I don't know what I expected but somehow I'm not sure it was this. It's a thoughtful low-key drama following the life of a boy named Chiron as he grows into manhood and is shaped by his experiences.

    As an adult, he has buried the impact and meaning of those experiences deep inside and built an identity that conceals his yearning and insulates him from his emotional pain.

    It's beautifully played, especially by the actors portraying Chiron throughout the various…