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  • America to Me

    America to Me

    ★★★★★

    Full disclosure: my employer was a major funder for this documentary series but we fund some damn good media and that isn't my focus area so we can deal with my slight bias in my social media spewing.

    This is one of the most engaging depictions of high schoolers and the system around them that fails them and the teachers who are trying to make a dent. There was this beautiful simple plea from the Assistant Principal that it isn't…

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

    I never knew I wanted a porky John Mulaney sitting on the shoulder of an angsty Nicolas Cage until tonight. Now I know that that is all I ever wanted.

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  • Glass

    Glass

    ★½

    That’s a long walk to the XMen Academy origin story. An increasingly tedious one.

  • Replicas

    Replicas

    Sophie’s Choice with a mixing bowl

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★★★

    Beautiful shots, dialogue and emotional drive. Having just seen Handmaiden, these two movies couldn't have been more different yet the stories were both framed similarly in three acts and focus on the taboo of same sex couplings. It jogs a lot of memories of pivotal moments from your childhood that shape you socially and sexually.

  • 20th Century Women

    20th Century Women

    ★★★★★

    “Whatever you imagine your life is going to be like, know your life is not going to be anything like that.”

    This is my favorite thing in 2017 so far. I'm a huge Beginners fan so I couldn't wait for this to be released in Chicago. Maybe it was the hopeless single mom vibe that really hit home. Not quite bohemian but accidentally the effect which my mom floundered in most of our lives together. Annette Benning is so perfectly lost, vulnerable and understated. It was breathtaking to watch. And there is nothing cooler than Greta Gerwig trying to make her way.

    Second review: boxd.it/dGujN