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  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★★½

    We all need to step the fuck up and be as radical about love and kindness as Fred Rogers was.

    The most necessary film experience of 2018. Never have I seen an audience so gobsmacked by a movie that they sat through the entire credits and continued to linger in the theater until the ushers kicked them out. I saw people hugging and consoling each other, grown men weeping (guilty), strangers engaging in conversation because they wanted, no, needed, to…

  • Vertigo

    Vertigo

    ★★★★★

    It gets better. Every. Single. Time. I. Watch. It.

    If you ever get the chance to see this on a gorgeous summer night in a cemetery with a few hundred other fanatics, don't pass it up. Big mood. The power of sharing in a communal cinematic experience is not to be underestimated.

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★★

    Don't believe the hype. Yes, it is important to tell the stories of marginalized people in this country, now more than ever, but that doesn't mean every film and every piece of art that does so deserves uncritical praise. The sheer existence of a film should not grant automatic reverence.

    Barry Jenkins is a talented filmmaker and, judging by some of his work here, he should have a long and fruitful career. But let's not pretend this film doesn't have…

  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    10 Cloverfield Lane

    ★★★½

    Came for the John Goodman and was not disappointed. 30+ years in the game and he still surprises when he's got the right script and character. Definitely one of the best unrecognized performances of 2016, but being in a genre/quasi-forced franchise film will do that to you. Credit is also due to Dan Trachtenberg whose assured direction raises the film beyond its Twilight Zone-esque roots and delivers one of the better mainstream thrillers of recent years. There's not a lot…