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davidehrlich has written 299 reviews for films rated ★★★½ .

  • Midnight Traveler

    Midnight Traveler

    ★★★½

    "Midnight Traveler” is a film about distance. The distance between countries, the distance between years, the distance between heaven and hell. But most of all — and increasingly as it goes along — Hassan Fazili’s vital and touching documentary is a film about the distance between people, even if just between themselves. Over the course of 1,000 days and as many miles, Hassan used three cell phones to record almost every step of his family’s perilous journey from their native…

  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    ★★★½

    A slender but unholy cross between “First Reformed” and “The Exorcist,” Rose Glass’ taut and trembling “Saint Maud” transmutes a young woman’s spiritual crisis into such a refined story of body horror that genre fans might feel like they’re having a religious experience. Of course, even the most overzealous viewers will find there’s always room for doubt — and that’s where the Devil gets in. A palliative care nurse in a dreary town somewhere along the British coast, the intensely…

  • True History of the Kelly Gang

    True History of the Kelly Gang

    ★★★½

    Nicholas Hoult interrogating a baby at gunpoint + Justin Kurzel's barren, demented, hyper-subjective vision of turn of the century Australia = a solid time at the cinema. all hail the man behind Assassin's Creed!

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★½

    WAVES feels like A24’s Magnolia. an operatic plea for people to be better to each other, and a cautionary tale about why you should be wary of anyone whose favorite Kanye album is The Life of Pablo. a whole lot of it doesn't work but i couldn't help but respect the ambition and open-heartedness of it all.

  • Babyteeth

    Babyteeth

    ★★★½

    Rooted to the bloody tissue of real life and enameled with traces of early Jane Campion, “Babyteeth” is the kind of soft-hearted tearjerker that does everything in its power to rescue beauty from pain; the kind that feels like it would lose its balance and tip right off the screen if it stopped being able to walk the line between the two. And yet, despite a handful of shaky moments and a story that sounds like a supercut of all…

  • Marriage Story

    Marriage Story

    ★★★½

    Not sure what to make of this quite yet but it feels a bit all over the place and not quite at Meyerowitz levels. Best in concentrated, angry doses. Adam Driver sings! and there’s a bit with a knife that’s completely brilliant. Divorce looks unpleasant!

  • Ready or Not

    Ready or Not

    ★★★½

    Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin’s “Ready or Not” can pretty much be summed up by a single line of dialogue from the movie’s relentless second act: “Fucking rich people.” Spat out through a set of bloody teeth, those words cut right to the heart of this devilishly fun late summer surprise, a violent dark comedy that (sometimes literally) skewers the 1% by inviting us into a clan who would sooner kill than surrender their good fortune. There are other devious…

  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★★½

    our unborn son punched (with his feet) throughout the entirety of this movie. i can think of no higher or more distressing endorsement. also, Poots.

  • Ray & Liz

    Ray & Liz

    ★★★½

    “Ray & Liz” — the haunted and pungent debut feature by photographer Richard Billingham, who’s been dabbling in the form since the late ’90s — feels like watching someone painstakingly build a rusty time machine that only brings them back to their own rotten past. And to what end?

    Billingham’s work has always been lauded for its lack of overt beauty; his most acclaimed pictures find his layabout parents cooped up inside the bleakest council flat in all of Thatcher-era Birmingham,…

  • Wild Rose

    Wild Rose

    ★★★½

    A winsome crossover between the social-realism of Ken Loach and the country spirit of Kacey Musgraves, Tom Harper’s “Wild Rose” might follow the familiar melodies of a fish-out-of-water crowdpleaser, but this story of a delinquent Glasgow woman who dreams of singing at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry still manages to sound unlike anything you’ve ever heard before. Credit for that belongs to the ridiculous talent of Jessie Buckley, whose unbridled lead performance builds on her work in “Beast” and “Chernobyl” to…

  • The Edge of Democracy

    The Edge of Democracy

    ★★★½

    American viewers watching Petra Costa’s “The Edge of Democracy” — an angry, intimate, and haunting portrait of Brazil’s recent slide back into the open jaws of dictatorship — might find it morbidly fitting that the nation’s capital is one hour ahead of Washington D.C.; for all the specificity of Costa’s doc, her film can’t help but feel like a preview of what might be coming for us.

    To a certain extent, that seems to have been Costa’s intention, and we…

  • Piranhas

    Piranhas

    ★★★½

    Nicola is a decent kid in a dirty world. A 15-year-old boy who’s mired in the usual mess of pubescent crises — raging hormones, idiot friends, hostile bullies — Nicola stands out for the attention that he still manages to afford his single mom and younger brother; whether motivated by love or by the unfulfilled masculinity that his absent father left behind, there’s no denying that he’s motivated. Alas, that’s kind of the problem. In most places, it might be…