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  • 892

    ★★★½

  • When You Finish Saving the World

    ★★★★

  • Violation

    ★★★★

  • Passing

    ★★★★

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  • 892

    892

    ★★★½

    892 features powerful performances from its ensemble, especially John Boyega and Nicole Beharie. It slows in act 2 after we understand where the sympathies lie and what sort of story we’re being told, but its heart was in the right place throughout. Polished cinematography. Features a solid score from Michael Abels. A story well worth telling and does justice to Brian Brown-Easley

  • When You Finish Saving the World

    When You Finish Saving the World

    ★★★★

    Really enjoyed this funny and very cringy mother and son dramedy. Has the humor you might expect from Eisenberg’s script. I wish I’d seen it in a theater to hear the jokes land cause it had me chuckling in spite of my isolation. 

    Character drives the story as we’re figuring out what to make of these self-absorbed people and aren’t instructed not to like them. We’re instead challenged to discover their redeemable qualities, and in this exercise I absolutely saw myself in them by the end. A self-effacing experience for me.

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  • Passing

    Passing

    ★★★★

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

    Saw this twice at Sundance and it’s worth another look.

    I can see people finding the film intriguing but not loving it and I relate with that. At the same time the more you consider what the film is saying the more you’ll get out of it. It’s definitely one to dissect and talk about with others.

    From a filmmaking standpoint this is a very impressive debut from Rebecca Hall since it shows a lot of attention to framing, composition,…

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★★½

    Sundance 2021!!

    Was surprised how much I loved it by the end. It had a beating heart and you could really feel the love in this family. The conflict that developed between them seemed very real and grounded in a way I wasn't expecting.

    Driving this film is an ensemble of great performances. Both deaf parents were incredible and they are given a chance to be not only hilarious (laughing out loud in my house at scenes with no actual…