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  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Vivre Sa Vie
  • Something Wild
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  • Thelma

    ★★★★½

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    ★★★★★

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★★★★

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  • Annette

    Annette

    ★★★★★

    “Baby Annette is just a baby after all.”

    I’ll start from the top: I loved this movie! It was a unique, absurd, and emotional musical journey presented in a way only someone like Leos Carax could bring to life. And last night, I got to see him in the flesh at a Q&A held at the Lincoln Center in NYC! He was such an enigmatic presence, and honestly he trolled a lot of the folks asking questions (Carax quote, paraphrased:…

  • Tomboy

    Tomboy

    ★★★★★

    “I have a big brother, which is way better.”

    I just want to give Zoé Héran’s character a big hug. Just for a little bit. Tell them it’s okay, even if it’ll be tough sometimes. Growing up is hard.

    Though I’ll never personally feel the internal anxiety and war with identity that Laure/Mickaël felt throughout the summer this movie takes place, there was still an ultra-relatable quality to the character that made them so charming and sweet. 

    This movie has…

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  • Thelma

    Thelma

    ★★★★½

    “Why can’t I just be what I am? Why isn’t that possible?”

    Gripping from the get-go — after the cold open (a literal cold open through wintry Scandinavia), my hands were already covering my face assuming the worst — a father almost going full Of Mice and Men, seemingly. An epileptic title sequence plays out, and what follows is a tense, intimate, sensual, and forbidden tale of desire, faith, family, and everything in between.

    Joachim Trier’s pacing is meaningful and…

  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

    “I’m very sorry for your loss. Your mother was a terribly attractive woman.”

    There’s a lot to like from The Royal Tenenbaums, and everything that comes out of the unique and delightfully weird mind of Wes Anderson (and also Owen Wilson, as the two of them shared writing credits and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay). I don’t have the films of Wes Anderson ranked anywhere officially, but this would have to be one of my favorites that I’ve…

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  • For Sama

    For Sama

    ★★★★★

    “I don’t want to die, I want to live.”
    “I keep filming.”

    Dear Sama, your parents are incredible, brave, and amazing people. The existence of this film is a testament to the strength and fortitude of the people.

    “This is not about the place, places are about their people.”

    This is an intense, devastating, and crushing documentary film made by Waad al-Kateab. I’ve never seen anything like it, and it should be required viewing for all people, to gain an understanding…

  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    ★★★★★

    “I’ve also been cheated on.”
    “By a terrorist?”
    “You could say that. But not a Shiite. He’s from Madrid.”

    Shamefully, this was my first Almodóvar, and I loved it — cannot wait to watch a bunch more. I queued this up now specifically because I’ll be catching the North American premiere of Parallel Mothers at the New York Film Festival as it closes that festival out! Very excited for that. I’ll be volunteering at NYFF in their marketing/social media department, so…