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  • Laurence Anyways

    Laurence Anyways

    ★★★★½

    Has this film aged perfectly? No. Certainly, if we condemn cisgender actors like Scarlet Johansson for accepting transgender roles, we must also think critically about the earlier performances we once deemed acceptable. Melvil Poupaud as Laurence is no different, no matter how beautifully or thoughtfully he plays her. In my opinion, what sets “Laurence Anyways” apart from films like “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Rub and Tug,” or “Transamerica” is Xavier Dolan’s directorial voice and extraordinary amounts of love for his characters.…

  • Thoroughbreds

    Thoroughbreds

    ★★★★½

    While the trailer to “Thoroughbreds” doesn’t seem outwardly misleading, once you’ve seen the film you know that it certainly is. Marketed as a shallow satire on the spawn of the 1% trying to kill “daddy” just cuz, the film is actually brilliantly conceived and written. Cory Findley adapts his playwriting background in a new medium, combining a love for these deeply flawed characters with razor sharp wit. The film somehow always makes sense despite the absurd conclusions it reaches. Instead…

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  • The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant

    ★★★★★

    One of the best and earliest queer dramas of all time! *Shocker* it does not exactly have a happy ending, but it provides some incredible characters and a thoughtful illustration of how manipulation and rejection can breed a cycle wherein hurt people hurt other people. The set where the entirety of the film takes place is one of its strongest features. It all takes place in one, medium-sized apartment and yet it feels sprawling, decked out in ornate and luxurious…

  • The Eyes of My Mother

    The Eyes of My Mother

    ★★★★½

    “The Eyes of My Mother” is not for the squeamish, but its stunning visuals and leading performance by Kika Magalhães certainly deserves to be seen by as many people as possible. Magalhães plays Francisca, a seemingly meek woman with many more secrets than she makes clear. Francisca’s past might explain her behavior but Pesce certainly doesn’t justify any of it. Instead, he keeps us alienated from her over the entirety of the film. It’s an odd relationship to have with…