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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★

    "Just when we were getting ready to write off Hollywood for solely producing noisy, cumbersome and soulless blockbusters, comes this aching, witty and unabashedly romantic musical."

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  • The Monster

    The Monster

    ★½

    "The Monster opens (and closes) with voice-over warning about the monsters you see and those you don’t, but the real horror here is the talent you see wasted and the thrills you don’t see at all."

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  • Nocturnal Animals

    Nocturnal Animals

    ★★★★

    "Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals is cinema at its most vibrant. The film may be beautiful — and beautifully ugly — to gaze at, but the second-time director yields the control and understanding of the medium required for the emotional spine of the film. It is shocking that someone making their second film has such a grasp of genre, and a distinct comprehension of film form to allows these contracting narratives to inhabit one screen. Nocturnal Animals is an always thrilling, sporadically devastating piece of cinema, which currently holds my stamp of approval as the best of the fest."

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  • Free Fire

    Free Fire

    ★★★★

    "Free Fire takes an interesting stance on violence. The quick take would be to say Free Fire and its hour-long gun fight glorify violence. I would argue that’s not the case. The violence in the film is the opposite of glamorous, it’s repugnant. The characters in the film don’t look cool shooting guns. They miss shots, they get hit, they scream, they whine, they flail, and then they drag themselves across the floor like wounded animals. When the violence breaks out they look less like a crew of hardened criminals than a team of mathletes at a paintball range."

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