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  • Never Let Me Go

    Never Let Me Go

    ★★★

    a satisfying adaptation - sticks pretty close to the narrative established in the novel, but because the earlier section is much condensed, it seems that an opportunity for character development has been lost. we're left instead to define tommy, ruth, and kathy based on their experiences at the cottages, long after their dynamic has been well-cemented in the book. the movie becomes, then, almost narrative for narrative's sake with protagonists that feel more than a little flat.

    I'm okay with it, though, because it's an otherwise perfectly fine, nice movie.

    (I also just read The Children of Men - talk about an adaptation!)

  • Sorry We Missed You

    Sorry We Missed You

    ★★★★★

    this one really hurt.

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  • Perfect Stranger

    Perfect Stranger

    ★★½

    extremely batshit.

  • Them That Follow

    Them That Follow

    ★★★½

    No real surprises here as far as plot goes, but I think that's okay in this case, The acting was strong (with just a few exceptions) and it was shot just right enough to highlight a landscape simultaneously gorgeous and broken (maybe I'm biased, since spots like this are home to me, but I also tend to be really particular about the way movies show the specifics of Appalachian settings, and this film passed). Was prepared to be disappointed and definitely wasn't.