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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    Debra Granik knows how to film stories about marginalized groups (see Winter’s Bone), and Leave No Trace is no exception. The film is incredibly low-key, simple, and beautiful, with wonderful performances from Thomasin McKenzie and Ben Foster. It also dares to suggest that not every problem can be fixed (or should be?) by society or the many supposed safety networks put in place by government organizations. No one is demonized however, not the social workers for doing their job and…

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    What a tough yet beautiful watch. I was Kayla then, I'm Kayla now.

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★

    One of the creepiest movies I've seen in a while. What is it about remote mountaintop compounds? The combination of breathtaking vistas and isolation is haunting. And when you're shacked up with a possibly psychotic engineering genius it only adds to the unease. Domhnall Gleason, Oscar Issac, and Alicia Vikander, give subtle performances that escalate as the film progresses, culminating in an ending that is unexpected and refreshing.

  • The Vanishing of Sidney Hall

    The Vanishing of Sidney Hall

    It’s been awhile since I watched a film I didn’t like at all. And I’m trying to understand how I could dislike something so much that has a pretty good cast and a director with a short film under his belt that I really enjoyed. The DNA of that short resides somewhere in this mess of a film but it’s so incoherent in its story and purpose it’s hard to say where exactly it lives. Told in three separate timelines…