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  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★½

    If a better movie was released this year, I’m not sure I’ve seen it.

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    A delightfully funny (and erotic) romp about female power dynamics and early 18th Century politics. The whole cast is gold: Olivia Colman brings a manic but affecting energy to her role as the inept Queen Anne, Nicholas Hoult plays one of the most loveable douchebags of recent memory, Emma Stone kills it as a conniving c*nt (went back and forth between using this, but the word is said frequently in the movie so forgive me!), and lastly, as a lifelong…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★½

    God bless Ethan Hawke. I'm serious, the man has been killing it for a long time now, he deserves this moment. Not quite sure how I felt about how hard it pushed its environmentalism message, felt like Balq was a little too cartoonish/that Google conspiracy scene didn't really work for me? But then again maybe that's the point, and in the end it wasn't enough to derail a sterling midlife crisis film. Love, love, love the Northeast rusty boat setting,…

  • Lawrence of Arabia

    Lawrence of Arabia

    ★★★★★

    Saw it in 70 MM. I don't know if it's the most visually impressive movie I've ever seen, but holy shit it's certainly on the shortlist. The way the horizon line is used is beautiful, dividing the sky and ground perfectly in two. Layer in the warped effect of the desert heat, and sometimes the movie straight up looks like an oil painting. I almost laughed during the scene where Sherif rides in from the distance because it was so…