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  • True Grit

    True Grit

    ★★★★

    Very good, elevated by one of Matt Damon's finest performances and one of the best, most melancholy endings of the Coens' filmography.

  • Split

    Split

    ★★★

    I'm not sure the movie around it is as good, but McAvoy's pretty damn incredible in this.

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  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★

    Some of the most remarkable imagery I've ever seen, and I was antsy about an hour in. Fascinating and frustrating in equal measure. Jonathan Glazer is a genius, and I'll probably never see any of his films twice.

  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    ★★★★

    aka "There's No Country for Young Men, Either...Unless You Rob Some Banks."

    It's churlish to compare this to one of the best American films of the last few decades, but this is a bit more mainstream and overt than NCFOM's sparse, surreal ambiguity. Still, this is a very good crime film, and despite its occasionally clumsy "BANKS SUUUUUUUCK" messaging, it's the best crime film of the year.

    I've never been a big Ben Foster fan. I always felt the strain in his beady-eyed intensity. For me, he's never been better as the older brother. Pine and Bridges are also terrific. Watch this!