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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    ★★★★

    Just give Frances McDormand her Oscar now and save all the wasted hubbub later. Not sure there's more that needs to be said.

    (Okay, there's more to say than that. But really, McDormand's extraordinary tour de force of a performance is the lifeblood of Three Billboards..., the glue that its successes are built around.)

    McDormand's not alone in turning in exceptional work, though—Woody Harrelson (an actor who over the years has gradually become a favorite), Sam Rockwell, and a dizzying…

  • Children of Hiroshima

    Children of Hiroshima

    ★★★★½

    Shindô's apparently equally adept at working within all forms of horror and the grotesque: There's nothing supernatural about this wrenching docudrama about a kindly teacher's return to her hometown of Hiroshima, four years after the A-Bomb changed history. An unflinching look at the unspeakable devastation, large and small, immediate and recurring—yes, Takako (Nobuko Otowa) finds a fair number of people she knew and loved already gone...but others are still suffering daily, in countless fashions—parentless children, radiation poisoning, a complete lack…

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  • Brawl in Cell Block 99

    Brawl in Cell Block 99

    ★★★½

    Hard not to think about what Vincent d'Onofrio would have done with the lead role here—Vaughn, an actor I'm decidedly mixed on, is totally fine (at times, even great), but I couldn't help but picture Wilson Fisk running amok during every calm-turns-crazy sequence. And there are many: Brawl in Cell Block 99's aggression starts with a car being smashed to shit, but it quickly becomes apparent that inanimate objects will not, in fact, bear the brunt of the film's violent…

  • Margaret

    Margaret

    ★★★★★

    Extended Cut. Third viewing, and I'm now convinced that this is one of the truly titanic works of the past 25 years (and it'd already ranked among my top 15 since 2000). Was acutely aware this time around of just how extraordinary (and how daring) Lonergan's use of sound is here—frequent sequences garner their power almost exclusively via city conversation/noise overlays of the scene in question's central focus, and the approach, while risky as all hell, somehow always manages to…