A gorgeously animated film with great awe and wonder let down by a main character too passive to truly struggle with the larger themes the film introduces.
An intimate and honest character study of a group of teens and their caretakers, the problems they face, and the scars they carry with them. Few films feel this raw and authentic, with great performances all around including the teen actors. Confidently written and directed, one of the best films of the year.
A unique, Coen-esque revenge thriller. Blue Ruin subverts a lot of expectations with an atypical plot and main character making it a fresh take on the genre. A few well-placed laughs keeps the film from being overly self-important, but are dark and dry enough to never feel out of place.