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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

    Honestly, I am guilty of writing off feel-good family movies because they don’t contain Radical, Thought Provoking Ideas but I can hardly think of anything more radical in this starved, cynical climate than pure goodness. 

    And that’s what this film is.

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★½

    I think it’s only after finding love within the violent chaos that is the LA OKCupid pool that I truly understand that opening car crash scene. That something so tender and worth protecting can tumble out of a random, unfeeling cataclysm of false pretenses and inadequate algorithms is bewildering. Almost awe-inspiring. You think everyday how inexplicable it is that somehow that this wonderful thing’s unpredictable, unknowable trajectory has somehow crossed paths with your equally unknowable trajectory...via an app, no less.…

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  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    I felt this film hum inside me for hours after the end credits rolled, warming me up from the inside as I walked down Sunset Blvd. at golden hour to get coffee. It didn't let up.

    I’ve tried for a couple days now to think about how to express how and why this film touched me as much as it did, and to do so as simply and elegantly as it did. Alas, I am no poet, so this needlessly…

  • Foxcatcher

    Foxcatcher

    ★★★★½

    My 16-year old brother is a wrestler. Since he started the sport in the 7th grade, I have watched him transform, summer break to summer break, from a skinny, borderline-ADHD chatterbox into a wordless, muscled mass with eyes of steely resolve. Wrestling is what gave him focus and motivation at a time when he naively proclaimed school and most other things to be "useless", but where it granted him self-worth and purpose it has also taken away from the way…