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  • Jackie

    Jackie

    ★★★★★

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

    Earlier this year I had the chance to attend the Chicago International Film Festival. While I was lucky enough to watch Damien Chazelle’s breathtaking La La Land (more on that in a day or two), there were two movies that I dreaded not getting a chance to watch: Neruda and Jackie. Both films directed by Chilean born Pablo Larraín, I’m now happily able to cross one of those films off my list. Boy, am I happy to say that I’ve…

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★★★½

    I don’t know if I’ve ever wished for a movie to end so many times that I enjoyed as much as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s newest outing The Revenant (2015). Fresh off an Oscar with Birdman (2014), Inarritu continues his trend of a natural unstoppable force constantly pressing throughout his films. A force so strong that it won’t even allow us to breathe. It is also worth mentioning the progression from Birdman, a dark comedy mostly centered around the ways which…

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  • Anomalisa

    Anomalisa

    ★★★★★

    What does it mean to be human? Can we really connect fully with another person? Can love last? These are all incredibly ambitious questions to try and answer, and Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson set out to answer such monumental queries in “Anomalisa” (2015), or at least explore them. This film is every bit as human as every other Kaufman work, and rings true in the soul of the viewer no matter how crushing the themes may be.

    Kaufman often…

  • The Hateful Eight

    The Hateful Eight

    ★★★★

    Cozying up in Minnie's Haberdashery with eight strangers for an hour was quite the occasion, especially when presented on such a grand scale as 70mm. While the titled “Hateful Eight” provide quite the show, there is another character ever present throughout the entire film: Quentin Tarantino himself. While he may not grant us with quite as obvious of a cameo as in some of his other films (ie. Django Unchained) his hand is ever present within The Hateful Eight.

    While…