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  • Your Name.

    Your Name.

    ★★½

    Hear me out on this one: Nour Yame.

    Thank you.

  • Evolution

    Evolution

    ★★★★★

    PART OF GREG'S HORROR MARATHON: 2017

    Lucile Hadžihalilović's stunning "Evolution" opens with a glorious couple of underwater shots that briefly trick you into thinking you're watching a nature documentary. The sun shines from above as we look up at it through a beautifully crystalline body of water. We glimpse some magnificent coral. At this point we almost expect David Attenborough to start chiming in with some narration as we continue to explore this environmental paradise and the wonders contained therein.…

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  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    So I'm probably still a little drunk off this movie (let's take a moment here to acknowledge the absurdity of not letting 18-year-olds in the U.S. legally buy booze while giving them unsupervised access to far stronger stuff like "Carol"), but here goes...

    It might be the small gestures of "Carol" that affected me the most. A face being raised ever so slightly in acknowledgment. A flirtatious smile. A phone receiver picked up in desperation, then slammed down just as…

  • The Departed

    The Departed

    ★★★★½

    Was really dreading having to rewatch this for my directors class (it's the last film in our unit on Scorsese), but it turned out to be far, far better than I remember. The very last scene still doesn't work for me at all—it relies on the actions of a character who hasn't really been well-defined enough for them to resonate, and it feels like more of an afterthought than an ending—but it didn't completely undermine the rest of the film…