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  • American Gigolo

    ★★★★

  • Isle of Dogs

    ★★★

  • Zama

    ★★★★

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

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  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★

    Originally published as part of my Top 10 Mid-Year Films for NextBestPicture.

    78/100

    “Whimsical” isn’t a word often associated with auteurs, but director Wes Anderson has such a unique appeal that his films practically begs for it to be used. His latest, “Isle of Dogs," is no exception. It has all the hallmarks of a classic Anderson joint: monochromatic sets, themes of family and forgiveness, and a ridiculously talented cast who seem like they’re having a blast.

    The stop-motion animation…

  • Zama

    Zama

    ★★★★

    Originally published as part of my Top 10 Mid-Year Films for NextBestPicture.

    80/100

    What a strange and intoxicating film this is. “Zama,” tells the story of Don Diego de Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), an officer of the Spanish Crown who awaits transfer from his lowly South American post, only to realize that it may never come. Every attempt to expedite the process is blocked, every scheme to escape gets shot down. The tone created by writer/director Lucrecia Martel shuffles between…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    Originally published as part of my Top 10 Mid-Year Films for NextBestPicture.

    82/100

    Some films are capable of greatness without the context of who made them or what inspired their making. Other films burrow so deeply into the soul of their creators that it can difficult to tell where the painful truths end and the fictional narrative begins. “First Reformed” is a stunning example of the latter. Through the guise of a lonely, alcoholic pastor (Ethan Hawke), writer/director Paul Schrader…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★★

    Originally published as part of my Top 10 Mid-Year Films for NextBestPicture.

    85/100

    “Black Panther” was a great superhero film with massive cultural impact, but let’s be real: “Avengers: Infinity War” was better. Its expectations were among the highest for any release in history, and somehow, directors Anthony & Joe Russo managed to surpass them. They develop their main villain from scratch, drop hints about the future, juggle dozens of preexisting subplots, and still find time to deliver the most shocking…