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  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    ★★★★½

    A grueling, bleak movie about a grueling, bleak time.

  • Monrovia, Indiana

    Monrovia, Indiana

    ★★★★

    Accurate and with nice momentum. The throughline is probably about a town trying to preserve itself, which brought many flashbacks to my teenage years when they extended the water line out from Greenwood. But that's a loose thread, because Wiseman is more interested in the day to day goings on.

    I do wonder if people will realize just how close Monrovia is to Indianapolis (approx. a 25 minute drive from downtown). The film seems to stay inside Monrovia alone instead…

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  • Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    ★★½

    Weirdly sterile and far too long. It's a formulaic addiction drama with a few weirdly staged scenes that feel like it's trying too hard.

    I'm always confused about who these basic addiction films are for. Sure, the fundamental experiences are all there: relapse, ODs, and theft. But don't we all know addicts and so know that much more bizarre, disturbing things go down?

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★½

    I was at a concert once where one of the opening bands was a blur of greasy hair and fitted t-shirts. They drank through their set, intentionally slurred the vocals, and ended half their songs with screechy feedback. Watching them made me really sad because they didn't seem to realize how basic their posturing was. This movie reminded me a lot of that.