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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri


    (Still working through my pre-Oscar moviegoing experiences, sorry for being so late to the party.)

    I realize I'm standing on the shoulders of giants, but I'm with Gaines and Josh Larsen here. The movie is a tonal mess.

    Even though I appreciate its parts, this movie is, at the end of the day, lesser than the sum of its parts. The dialogues are clever and the actors are at the top of their game. But McDonagh wants this movie to…

  • Show Me Love

    Show Me Love


    As an ambivert, I was SO in tune with Elin's constant boredom and Agnes' embarrassed soppiness. Lukas Moodysson talks about adolescence without panderingly evoking nostalgia. He is only interested in empathy and authenticity. He correctly realizes the inherent awkwardness in puberty and completely embraces the cringe-worthy moments of a coming-of-age story. His closeup-filled camerawork emphasizes the great performances from the young cast and somehow makes the simplest jump cuts amusingly funny.

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  • On Body and Soul

    On Body and Soul


    What a beauty. Between this and Moonlight, I'm so glad we had two low-key stories about love that tell more with faces and expressions than with words. Borbély Alexandra and Morcsányi Géza are both fantastic. Borbély has a lot of responsibility in playing a character who's struggling with self-expression, and the small moments in which she slips up and lets an emotion flit across her face are incredibly powerful. I generally haven't had issues with the acting in Hungarian movies…

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer


    After mother! we got another movie that's chock-full of Biblical metaphors, but this time the metaphors are not the point, they're just a vessel. Yorgos Lanthimos mashes up the Biblical God with the gods of Greek myths to convey a story about how a toxic domestic atmosphere of lies and deceit can ruin a family.

    It's no surprise that Martin, the kid with godlike powers played by Barry Keoghan, loves Groundhog Day, a movie about an unexplained karmic power that…