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  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★½

    Terrifically layered film. Partly about the effects of grief—where we direct it, how it changes us—but also how family is often a curse that can lead to more pain. Siblings and partners as reminders of the things we have lost. You see your deceased mother’s eyes in your son, your daughter’s restrained worry and desire for order in your partner. Family can be a source of inspiration at rock bottom, but they can also be the catalysts for more pain…

  • Lean on Pete

    Lean on Pete

    ★★★★½

    Exists within a quiet, delicate aesthetic; warm nights with moths prodding at the light, clear skies that seem to spread on infinitely, with a lonely protagonist practically seeping into the background of his own life. Haigh always captures a really beautiful naturalism in his films, but this is certainly his most bittersweet world. Poor kid Charley gets a truckload of pain dropped on him multiple times and does what any fifteen year old would do when faced with situations way…

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  • Cobain: Montage of Heck

    Cobain: Montage of Heck

    ★★★★½

    The Rolling Stone quote on the poster claims it's "the most intimate rock doc ever." They're probably right. If I had to describe Cobain: Montage Of Heck in one word, I'd say - heartbreaking. Whether you're a fan of Nirvana or not is pretty much irrelevant, because this isn't about the band or Kurt's career, it's about him as a person. A man with a troubled soul that couldn't get out of his own head, who didn't want to be…

  • Gone Girl

    Gone Girl

    ★★★★★

    Fincher continues to cement his god-like status with another astoundingly brilliant dark, complex mystery full of malice, beauty and topped off by some incredible acting. There's nothing specific I can pinpoint to say why this film is so amazing, because everything about it is stupendous. The narrative twists and turns like you wouldn't believe. The directing is, of course, excellent and, combined with the superb lighting (Fincher's love of yellow is on full display) and haunting soundtrack, gives off this…