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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★★

    Wow...so for the last three months or so I have been putting off seeing "Minari" because I was afraid that it would never live up to my sky-high expectations. Boy, was I proven wrong. "Minari" is truly a masterpiece, and as good as critics have made it out to be. Writer/director Lee Isaac Chung captures the immigration process with rare intimacy and authenticity that is rarely seen in films these days. At the center of it all are four incredible…

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★

    Woah...a director's first film is most often not their best work. However, Emerald Fennell's latest film "Promising Young Woman" may be an exception. With her directorial debut, Fennell approaches the subject of sexual assault with rare boldness and audacity that is rarely seen in filmmakers today. For a first-time filmmaker, Fennell showcases immense control over the costume design, production sets and color palette. At the center of it all is Carey Mulligan, who delivers an Oscar-worthy performance. That being said,…

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  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    ★★★★

    Gosh...what a truly heartbreaking loss Chadwick Boseman is. I've always admired the actor, but never realized that he had the potential he shows in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom". An intimate, heartfelt and powerful period piece, it proves to be the ultimate showcase for its late star. It is not easy to adapt stage productions to the big-screen, but George C. Wolfe pulls it off beautifully. The sets, costumes and musical sequences are all carefully crafted, making a seamless transition from…

  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★½

    Wow...I'm truly at a loss for words on this one. It is almost impossible to believe that "Sound of Metal" is the work of a first-time filmmaker because it's incredibly well-made. Darius Marder excels at recreating the experience of hearing loss in his directorial debut. Marder exhibits exceptional control over the storytelling, technical elements and performances that is rarely seen in directors today. At the center of it all is Riz Ahmed, who gives the best performance of his career. An auditory achievement, it may be my favorite film of the year so far. Here's why:

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