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  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★½

    A rare film that I wish had been longer, embracing its "HEAT, but with women" blend of crime, politics, and character study--this would have worked so much better as a mini-series exploring every character's story, but then it couldn't qualify for the Oscars. The multiple (read: too many) narrative threads and its self-importance about politics/culture bogs it all down. It's more impressive as a technical exercise than anything else. McQueen seems to be experimenting with the heist genre, albeit I…

  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    ★★★★½

    "What you are experiencing is just a metaphor." Philosopher Paul Ricoeur once wrote that metaphors are ontologically new descriptions of reality--they are ultimately untranslatable, even as they say something (and create something) of our existence. That's what this powerful film is: a description of what is real and true precisely by means of formal illusion, imagination, and redescription. It's wondrous. And Helena Howard gives the best performance of 2018.

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  • Paths of Glory

    Paths of Glory

    ★★★★★

    At only 88 minutes, this is half the length of most war films and twice as emotionally affecting. The perfect film for Armistice 100.

  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★★

    It's difficult to separate Fred Rogers the Man from A Film About Fred Rogers The Man in evaluating this documentary. But I, too, was teary-eyed from start to finish. Love does that; love has the power to move us. A genuinely Christian film, in the very best sense of the word.