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  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★★

    Blake Lively's performance in this is so good, and such a departure for her, that her career will probably never be the same again. I've only seen her play the most prefabricated of ingenues, so seeing her inhabit this blunt, self-possessed energy with such ease was a revelation. I also loved that her character goes to work everyday in what I think can only be described as a tuxedo, albeit often one with strategically missing layers. The movie itself is…

  • Biutiful

    Biutiful

    ★★★★

    I tried watching this several years ago and couldn't get past the first 45 minutes. They felt oppressively grim and impossibly slow, and they felt like that the second time around too. I think the movie is just longer than it needs to be and takes too long to get to the point, but once it does there are some really great things about it. One thing I loved was the urban texture, the way of capturing the streets and…

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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★★★

    This was so distinctive, and not at all the wan arthouse affair I imagined.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★★

    Emotionally tuned in, precisely detailed, and steadfastly resistant to cliche. I wouldn't even say I "enjoyed" it as much as I was swept up by it and transported so vividly back to being that age. I definitely left with the great movie feeling of disorientation.