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  • Room

    Room

    ★★★★★

    It's very difficult for a movie to get me to cry, but this one certainly did it. An incredibly emotionally powerful film that thoughtfully weaves its themes throughout the plot, story, and dialogue. Heart-wrenching, but a brilliant film that shouldn't be missed.

  • Juice

    Juice

    ★★★★½

    A cast of characters, amoral but not evil, are led into an escalating spiral of violence from which there is no escape by the ruthlessly ambitious Bishop (brought to life through an excellent performance by Tupac). A sucker punch of a film that feels as Shakespearean in its structure as it does cutthroat in its narrative.

    [Content warning for a few brief yet cruel and disappointing transphobic jokes in one scene early in the film.]

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★½

    A swing and a whiff. I see what they were going for with the sparse and quasi-surrealist storytelling. There’s no reason that it couldn’t work for this movie, and there were some elements of the movie that worked well, but the way it was executed ultimately made it dull and messy. Watch “Drive” or “Taxi Driver” instead.

  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★★

    An absolute masterpiece. The film's near-total silence creates an unparalleled sense of tension which makes every snap of a twig heart-stopping, especially when in combination with the movie's terrifying creature design. In the same way that a loss of one sense heightens the others, "A Quiet Place" manages deep and impactful story-telling almost entirely through scenery, body language, and various other visual cues.

    There's a lot to unpack here, but I think one of the most significant developments about this…