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  • Incredibles 2

    Incredibles 2

    ★★★½

    So while the endgame is familiar and the two-pronged journey of parent and kids at home with the other parent in the field identical (albeit flipped), The Incredibles 2 finds a way to be unique in its execution of that template. 

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  • Bao

    Bao

    ★★★★

    Shi delivers a heartfelt look at a rough psychological experience rarely seen in coming-of-age films considering they're almost always focused on the child. But just as our youth endures the unpredictability of adolescence's growing pains, adults are also unprepared for their roles as stewards within that process.

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    Where so many Hollywood-ized "gay" stories end on a positive note of rebirth and optimism, Guadagnino is helming a love story unafraid to highlight the suffering one always contains. Love is only able to live up to its name if its absence rips out your heart to the point of numbing yourself from ever risking such pure emotion again. Love isn't sex. Love is pain.

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  • Winchester

    Winchester

    ★★½

    So we can appreciate the production value and performances of those caught within the turmoil, but there are no surprises to be had or drama to feel. Winchester might be prettier than expected, but still as hollow.

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