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  • Wildlife

    Wildlife

    ★★★★

    Families are built upon two things: blood and belief. They can get by on the strength of one or the other (to have both is something of a luxury), but when the latter starts to wither, the former can only do so much to save it. This strange alchemy — the science responsible for so many American lives — percolates inside every frame of Paul Dano’s remarkable “Wildlife,” a tender, gorgeous, and exquisitely understated drama about a family that loses…

  • Bisbee '17

    Bisbee '17

    ★★★½

    Located just seven miles from the Mexican border and caught in a self-reflexive time loop that forces it to constantly re-enact its own history, the city of Bisbee, Arizona couldn’t be more ripe for a Robert Greene movie if he had founded the place himself. A Twilight Zone mining town that turned its bottomless copper mine into a tourist attraction shortly after it shut down in the ’70s, Bisbee survives by miming the same work that once made it rich.…

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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★★

    perfect film.

    a MAGIC MIKE XXL-level delight (my highest recommendation).

    obviously a refutation of Brexit, but naturally also such an imaginative, inclusive, open-hearted response to Trump's "shithole" mindset and xenophobia in general. My (sold out) NYC audience clapped during the credits… and then promptly shut the hell up as the brilliant final number kicked in.

    also, this Paul King guy is a low-key master in the making. there are few "adult" filmmakers out there who couldn't learn something from how…

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    probably as close as I'll ever come to knowing what it feels like to find Jesus.

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    UPDATE: i found jesus. Carol was better.