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  • A Separation

    A Separation

    ★★★★★

    The runtime on this movie is listed at just a hair over two hours, but they should tack another hour on there to account for the time you'll need afterward to unknot your insides.

  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    Must cinematic dystopias be defined by miserablism and a visual aesthetic that emphasizes the mechanical, industrial, and/or antiseptic? If you go by the strict dictionary definition of "dystopia," then the answer is probably yes; but one of the wonders of Her is that it dares to sketch a dystopia defined instead by heart-on-the-sleeve emotions and warm pastel colors. Spike Jonze's vision of a society in which technological convenience is precipitating the extinction of true human connection isn't far removed, in…

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  • The Witch

    The Witch

    Almost two months after I've seen this movie, I'm still trying to decide what I think of it. It's certainly effective, accomplishing everything it sets out to do. Robert Eggers is scarily self-assured at the helm of his first feature film, creating an atmosphere of uncanniness and spiritual dread that is unwavering and flawlessly oppressive. If The Exorcist is a horror movie for Catholics, then The Witch is a horror movie for Protestants: Because the individual (not the institutional church)…

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★

    Confession is impossible for those who think of sin only in euphemisms.