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  • Vox Lux

    Vox Lux

    ★★★½

    This is slick, provocative filmmaking that manages to avoid losing its positive qualities to pretension. The first half is a legitimately intriguing depiction of celebrity, violence, and trauma and the way all can become intertwined, and the second half simply just turns on the Natalie Portman jets and lets her go. Cassidy holds her own as well, anchoring that first half with just the right amount of vulnerability and complexity.

    Do the two halves ultimately cohere? Do the many ambitious…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★

    There are things in this life that we keep steady despite all adversity. Friends, family, relationships, even one’s own pride and determination. Chaos can define the world around us, threatening to destabilize everything we know and love. But still, we persist. Something keeps us going.

    Cuarón’s dolly movements are smooth and controlled, beautiful in their simplicity and boundless in what they capture. Mexico itself is a backdrop of uncertainty and conflict, with anything ranging from an earthquake to devastating violence…

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  • I, Tonya

    I, Tonya

    ★★★½

    There's a scene where Tonya's voiceover says "I was 15" and then we see full grown Margot Robbie and it's probably the funniest moment in 2017 cinema.

  • Dunkirk

    Dunkirk

    ★★½

    Alright Letterboxd, we have some things to discuss. Bear with me.

    Let’s get this out of the way first: Christopher Nolan is a very talented filmmaker. He and his brother have crafted several masterpieces in my eyes, and I have nothing but the utmost respect for his commitment to high(er) concept crowd pleasers. He gets a lot of shit, but his type of filmmaking is desperately needed in an age of mindless entertainment; how many other directors will garner such…