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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★½

    Joaquin Phoenix gives one of his most raw and captivating performances to date here in this chilly little film where he barely says a word. His presence as an actor -- troubled, weary, vulnerable -- almost stands at odds with Lynne Ramsay’s purposely distancing approach to the content here. Yet the contrast mostly works.

    Ramsay’s style is on full display. It never feels too showy but still adds a unique, off-kilter tone that saves this slim narrative from feeling dull…

  • Andy Irons: Kissed By God

    Andy Irons: Kissed By God

    ★★★★

    A tough sit at times in terms of its emotional content, Andy Irons: Kissed By God tells the ultimately tragic story of surfer Andy Irons. Once a three-time world title winner, Irons died in 2010 from a heart attack at the age of 32. This documentary from Steve and Todd Jones dives into the mental health and addiction issues that plagued Irons in an attempt to peel back some of the mystery that has shrouded his untimely death.

    The Jones…

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  • Mud

    Mud

    ★★★★½

    You may not think you need another small-town America coming-of-age indie, but believe me, you definitely need Mud.

    This hazy drama tells the story of two 14-year-old boys, Ellis and Neckbone (Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland) who live in an Arkansas fishing community. One day, they stumble on the mysterious, alluring Mud (Matthew McConaughey) and inadvertently get tied up with his shady past by agreeing to help Mud get in touch with the girl he loves (Reece Witherspoon).

    The plot…

  • Signs

    Signs

    ★★★★

    Signs is a film that just never gets old for me. This was my fourth viewing, and I approach it a slightly different way each time. The first time I saw it was at a birthday party when I was twelve, and it scared the absolute crap out of me. Seriously, I had nightmares for a couple of nights afterwards based on the birthday party newscast scene alone. It wasn't a particularly enjoyable viewing experience for someone with virtually no…