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  • Sorry to Bother You
  • Everything Everywhere All at Once
  • Pain and Glory
  • Red Post on Escher Street

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  • Prey

    ★★★

  • Mirage

    ★★★

  • Sister

  • Dick

    ★★½

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  • Meek's Cutoff

    Meek's Cutoff

    ★★★★½

    Basically, a film adaptation of "The Oregon Trail" (not joking)

    I'm not typically a fan of "Westerns" but I am a fan of beautiful cinematography, director Kelly Reichardt, and deliberately intimate, immersive dramas that transport the viewer to another place or time. It is SLOW as molasses (reminded me at times of letterboxd.com/film/days-of-heaven/) with long stretches without speaking which won't be everyone's cup of tea but really worked for me (as a city-dweller unaccustomed to seeing long stretches of nature)…

  • Shirley

    Shirley

    ★★★★★

    My favorite film of the year so far, and there have already been a few I loved.

    Director Josephine Decker (Madeline's Madeline) has her stamp all over this. Intensely raw, purposefully disorienting yet tastefully stylized. Cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen who did Victoria in one shot (one of the best of the decade) absolutely kills it. I counted about 100 shots that could have been the poster. Tamar-kali's score is so fucked up and incredible.

    This is an extremely dense dramatic…

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  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★½

    There's nothing wrong with Belfast.
    It's the movie equivalent of having a glass of water for dinner.

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    as with Baby Driver, this was made by a proficient 12 year old boy. there's nothing wrong with that but it's not for me.

    this gave Woman in the Window vibes (i.e... most disappointing of the year, a waste of a great cast, juvenile writing, and felt like a chore to get through)

    Cinematography was awesome tho. Sets, costumes, vfx,... everything looked great.

    The leads deserve better. At least I can take comfort in knowing everything they'll be in from this point on likely will be.

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  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★★

    The best film of 2018- Beautiful in every way. (cinematography, writing)
    Delicate and heartfelt story. Strongest ensemble cast in as far as I can remember.

    Family takes on different meanings to different people. Ethics are subjective. Nobody's perfect. Money doesn't buy happiness.

    Gets better on a 2nd viewing, there's really a lot of small detail to pay attention to and the characters roles play much different after knowing their backstory.

    Sakura Ando has my vote for best actress and she needs to make more dramatic movies ASAP.

  • I Care a Lot

    I Care a Lot

    I wanted to like this in the first 1/3. The premise is great. Besides the obvious reasons to dislike it...it just plays like a lower-tier Netflix original. I'm confused why some people seem to think it was decent but I also don't watch badly written TV.

    Also I just saw Saint Maud which had phenomenal sound design & score...so coming off of that this awful music was distractioningly corny. (Like the royalty-free version of something cool)

    My partner is disappointed I…