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  • Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy
  • Punch-Drunk Love
  • Decision to Leave
  • Comrades, Almost a Love Story

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  • Showing Up

    ★★★★

  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

    ★★★½

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

  • Case 39

    ★

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  • Still Walking

    Still Walking

    ★★★★½

    In Still Walking, people don't change; their familial relationships won't change, or at least in any dramatic, fundamental sense. Avoidance always overcomes confrontation. As for communication, whether it's interpreted through coded words or physical action, silence will more than likely prevail. No closure is offered; resentments are left unvented, problems remain unsolved, but they are collectively acknowledged, and even understood by these characters. Kore-eda is so good at conveying affection through the minutiae of delicate gestures, expressions, and awkward interactions that he makes me long for a day to go back to my sweet home. I'm always like that. I'm always a little late.

  • Decision to Leave

    Decision to Leave

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "The moment you said you loved me, your love is over. The moment your love ends, my love begins."

    It begins with the mountain and ends with the sea. The two contrasting images always accompany the film. Like Seo Rae's dress, some people think it's green; others see blue. The wallpaper in her home shows patterns of mountain peaks, but upon closer look, they look like thousands of waves crashing into each other. The mountain and the sea seem so…

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  • Showing Up

    Showing Up

    ★★★★

    Reichardt lyrically renders all the quotidian minutiae and angsty discomfort of an artist's existence with so much disarming charm through the simple act of rolling a tire along the street, twisting paper-mâchéd arms, or reaching out a finger to caress a pigeon's head. A really peaceful and observant gem that understands that the mundane cannot exist without anxiety-inducing moments like having an overactive cat that wouldn't let you concentrate, a family that would not listen to you, a home without…

  • Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

    Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.

    ★★★½

    No thoughts, just Rachel McAdams as MOMMY

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  • The Queen's Gambit

    The Queen's Gambit

    Anya Taylor-Joy: *stares directly into the camera with her glinting eyes after moving a chess piece*

    Me, humbly shaking my head: I resign.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★

    Maybe "Page 28" will be our always