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  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★

    There is no one more lost in this world than Frances. She’s awkward, unsuccessful, “undateable”, and perpetually low on cash forcing a series of moves that pushes her along with more intention than any of the decisions she makes on her own.

    Noah Baumbach’s film is a coming of age story, though you have to squint a little to see it. As the weeks, months, and years pass by, Frances- though never changing a moment from her awkward self- gradually…

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★½

    2019 Ranked

    There’s a scene in the first half-hour of The Nightingale that is one of the more excruciating scenes put to film this year. Director Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) undoubtedly knew that including this scene would restrict the earning potential and visibility of her film, yet she nonetheless filmed it. Kent makes a case that the scene had to be filmed in such an unsettling manner for the sake of historical authenticity though a number of audience members walked…

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  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    2019 Ranked

    When I first saw the trailer for Joker, I thought the premise could offer a potentially new look at the character of the Joker. It seemed like a comic book movie with a slightly darker tone, and Joaquin Phoenix’s involvement suggested that it wouldn’t be your run-of-the-mill film. Phoenix doesn’t do those films.

    Until reading responses to the trailer, I hadn’t considered the immense controversy that 2 minutes would conjure or the immense vitriol that 2 hours and…

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★½

    2017 Ranked

    Robert Pattinson is unrecognizable as Constantine “Connie” Nikas, a low-life New Yorker who enlists the help of his brother, Nick (Ben Safdie), to commit a bank robbery. The robbery goes wrong and Nick is placed in a Rikers Island holding cell. To make matters worse, Nick is mentally handicapped; his life is in active danger from the other inmates. Good Time chronicles the fever dream of the rescue Connie attempts.

    Connie is a rebel. Or, a sociopath. He’s…