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davidehrlich has written 246 reviews for films rated ★★★★ .

  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★

    UNCUT GEMS is the movie that Jews were promised in the Torah

    UNCUT GEMS is gonna be the theme of my son’s bar mitzvah.

  • Bad Education

    Bad Education

    ★★★★

    One of the more beautiful things about being an American is that it’s easy to justify your own success — at least to yourself. This is the land of opportunity, and people are taught from an early age that they get what they deserve, and they deserve what they get; if they weren’t, the injustice of it all might spoil the fun. You don’t necessarily have to earn your good fortune, you just have to believe you’re entitled to it.…

  • Hustlers

    Hustlers

    ★★★★

    HUSTLERS fucking RULES! as stiletto-sharp & satisfying a story of financial crisis as Hollywood has made since 2008. Jennifer Lopez hasn’t been this good since Out of Sight. hell she wasn’t even this good *in* Out of Sight.

    HUSTLERS XXL is gonna be the best film ever made.

  • Knives Out

    Knives Out

    ★★★★

    Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” — a crackling, devious, and hugely satisfying old-school whodunnit with a modern twist — wants you to know that it takes place in the world of today. In fact, it wants you to know that it wants you to know. Hardly a minute goes by without some reference to the here and now of it all. When legendary crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead the morning after his 85th birthday, it’s as if…

  • Ema

    Ema

    ★★★★

    An anarchic, liberated, and contagiously alive character study that feels like it was born out of a three-way between “Amélie,” “Oldboy,” and Gaspar Noé before maturing into a force of nature all its own, Pablo Larraín’s “Ema” doesn’t always dance to a clear or recognizable beat, but anybody willing to get on its wavelength will be rewarded with one of the year’s most dynamic and electrifying films. Which isn’t to suggest the movie — Larraín’s first since the one-two punch…

  • The Truth

    The Truth

    ★★★★

    Filmmaker Kore-eda Hirokazu once predicted that his Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters” would come to represent a major turning point in his career — the end of one phase, and the beginning of another. As it turns out, “The Truth” is inevitably a bit more complicated.

    The first movie the Japanese writer-director has made since winning the film world’s most prestigious award is also the first that he’s ever shot in another tongue or country, and that fact alone is enough to…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    ***this is a review of the DIRECTOR'S CUT of Midsommar, and a detailed breakdown of the new footage after the jump***

    On July 3, Ari Aster’s “Midsommar” was released on 2,700 screens across the United States. The twisted modern fairy tale —an epic fable that starts with a bleak murder-suicide, and ends with a somewhat brighter one almost 147 minutes later — was an extraordinary ask for a multiplex audience, and Aster knew full well how fortunate he was that…

  • Birds of Passage

    Birds of Passage

    ★★★★

    and THAT'S why you never get into a mutually destuctive Colombian drug war just because you shared an ancient Wayuu dance with a pretty girl whose mother doesn't like you.

  • For Sama

    For Sama

    ★★★★

    Towards the beginning of Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts’ “For Sama” — a bracingly horrific yet resiliently beautiful documentary about al-Kateab’s experience as a woman, a patriot, and a mother living in the ruined heart of Aleppo during the ongoing war in Syria — a few medical volunteers are seen messing around in a hospital during a break from the shelling. They’re young and smiling and you would never know what they were living through if not for the blasted…

  • Midsommar

    Midsommar

    ★★★★

    MIDSOMMAR will do for Swedish pagan solstice rituals what Psycho did for showers. a psychedelic fairy tale about ridding oneself of fear and pain — absolutely delightful from its nightmare of an opening to its floral purge of a finale. get ready to laugh. 💐🌞💐

    Ari Aster is the business.

  • Toy Story 4

    Toy Story 4

    ★★★★

    To talk about “Toy Story 4” is to talk about Forky. This is a movie that doesn’t initially appear to have any compelling reason to exist — the forced but satisfying third installment of Pixar’s signature franchise seemed to wrap things up when it came out almost a full decade ago — and yet Forky alone is enough to elevate this potential cash-grab into the beautiful and hilarious coda that its long-running series needed to be truly complete. Forky is…

  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★★

    Even after 45 years, no one can agree on why Bob Dylan called that tour “Rolling Thunder Revue” — it might be one of those things that only gets more elusive over time. The “Revue” part is easy enough: Dylan was famous enough to do what he wanted, but too frazzled to do it alone, so he extended an open invitation to the best minds of his generation to join him for a series of intimate shows across the United…