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  • First Man

    First Man

    ★★★★½

    The ebb and flow of this film gave me time to recover emotionally and psychologically as a viewer in between scenes of heightened intensity and did so with verité-like moments and events shot docustyle in Armstrong’s family life. The movie pulls off a tension between Armstrong’s personal and professional life and carries a strong theme of loss and mourning through both. The sense of claustrophobia and willingness to let the viewer sit in tight quarters for prolonged periods of time…

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★

    Feels like a Frank Capra film; uplifting rom-com with dark moments. If you’ve seen You’ve Got Mail, then it is hard to ignore that this was its primary antecedent.

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  • Run Like the Devil

    Run Like the Devil

    ★★★

    While not the flashiest documentary, being straightforward is also this film’s strength. It gives a reasonably even-handed pair of portraits to the two men running for this fall’s Texas Senate sweat and gets it done in under a 60 minute runtime. I would have liked to see more of the non-public personas of the two men at work and how they interact with their families and friends in juxtaposition to how they interact with would-be voters. Still, I wish this…