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  • Lizzie

    Lizzie

    ★★★½

    To see the swing of the axe as cleansing rather than grotesque was the last thing I expected. And I'm grateful for it.

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  • Appropriate Behavior

    Appropriate Behavior

    ★★★★

    You shouldn't be surprised by how much heartache is present considering the subject matter lets it exist behind every scene, but it will surprise simply because we so rarely receive it in this genre.

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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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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★

    And that honesty comes down to Fisher's performance. She's so natural throughout whether the moment calls for awkwardness, confidence, self-deprecating humor, or abject terror. The brilliant sound design helps punctuate her spot-on comedic timing, but the drama is hers alone.

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