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  • Green Book

    Green Book

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    β€ͺA childishly simplified, ‬overexaggeratedβ€ͺ, Hallmark level pile of shit chock-full of juvenile humor and offensive stereotypes. Peter Farrelly spends the entire film pandering to middle-aged liberal white people’s love for the sentimentality of β€œfeel-good movies” and white savior stories that make them feel less guilty about America’s racist past (and present). It’s nauseating that a film so completely oblivious to its heavy-handedness and the insensitivity of romanticizing racism and the Jim Crow South has somehow received such widespread acclaim.‬ The…

  • Who We Are Now

    Who We Are Now

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    Led by an outstanding performance from Julianne Nicholson, Who We Are Now masterfully brings to life genuine characters and their emotionally complex story-arcs in an incredibly authentic light. While most films covering such subject matter steer off into melodramatic territory and come off as pretentious, Who We Are Now stays raw and unassuming. The film’s realism is stark and, like life itself, not afraid to make you uncomfortable or upset, eliciting sincere empathy from its audience. Easily in my top 10 for the year, check it out if you haven’t.

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  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

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    I love Paul Dano and I think he has a bright future as a filmmaker if he tackles better stories, but I can’t help but shake my head at the thought of what this film would be without Mulligan. Also, what’s the deal with Gyllenhaal taking roles in 2018 where his character is not onscreen for huge chunks of the runtime? I mean, I get that he’s friends with Dano, but between this and The Sisters Brothers, it kind of…

  • The Clovehitch Killer

    The Clovehitch Killer

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    Never expect much from indies that go both to theaters and straight to iTunes, but this was actually kind of a nice surprise. The overall concept is rather interesting and McDermott stands out. That said, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed. All the pieces are there for this to be really good, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The film relies heavily on atmosphere to build suspense, and does a relatively decent job at it,…

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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

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    β€ͺA mixed bag. I’m really disappointed that they spent so much time on stories 5 and 6; both are terribly boring and feel out of place, especially 5, which didn’t feel like the Coens at all IMO. If they had chosen to spend ten more minutes each on stories 1 and 2, both of which were easily the best, and capped off the film with the 4th story, which would’ve been a nice finale, the whole thing would (for the…

  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

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    If First Reformed wasn’t already one of my favorite films of all-time, this would 100% be my #1 for the year. Thunder Road walks the line between comedy and tragedy in a way so causal and effortless that I’m honestly not sure I’ve seen anything like it before. Cummings’ script is fantastic, his direction is poignant, and his performance is hands down one of the best of the year. I absolutely loved this. If you have the opportunity to see this in theaters, please do, it deserves your support.