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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    When I was younger, there were times when we’d go years without seeing my grandparents’ faces. The few times they were able to visit, they always brought anchovies, chili powder, banchan, expensive Korean medicine in the form of nasty drinks, and seeds for Korean vegetables. And while my brother and I loved our grandparents, there were moments when we’d get annoyed at them - how they stuck out like a sore thumb, how they disrupted our routine, how Korean they…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    Nomadland broke something open in a way that feels both monumental and not at all. I think we really needed this, especially now. Chloé Zhao beautifully captures a deeply human, deeply specific (American) phenomenon and somehow harnesses the elusive universal emotions within us into a film. I’ve never seen something that so accurately portrays the desire and need to go west, whatever that may mean to each person. The nature, the landscapes, and Frances McDormand’s face made me cry. I would love to experience it in a theatre someday.