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  • Certain Women

    Certain Women

    ★★★

    A whole star for Kristen Stewart wiping her mouth with napkin-wrapped silverware.

    While I was watching the last third, I completely forgot that it was part of a larger whole. That section quietly asserts a cogent thesis that I struggle to apply to the other sections...although perhaps I'm not meant to? I have read some really lovely observations about this film that talk largely of emotions and tensions unspoken. Unfortunately for me, they were largely un-felt as well, which makes it hard for the film to cohere into anything truly memorable or compelling for me.

  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★½

    goddammit if that 2013 footage of them visiting Ganesh Talai didn't get me tho

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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…