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  • Golden Exits

    Golden Exits

    ★★½

    Grade: B-

    A strange ending only in that it feels incomplete; but, then again, I suppose that’s part of the intent. We go along with these people and they sometimes articulate beautiful and wise things, but by the end, we still don’t know very much about them at all. They are semi-formed shapes at best.

  • The Party

    The Party

    ★★★

    Grade: B

    That ending!!! Call it a hackneyed shock if you like—just don’t call it anything less than perfect.

    The film postulates that everyone is to blame. Pick your poison and let it slide down like all the choices you’ve made that cannot be taken back.

    2018 going forward, we're going to need some humility and a shit-ton more awareness. God help us if self-righteous Twitter-shaming continues its path to normalcy.

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★½

    Grade: A

    It seems to me, more than ever now, that the film is about responsibility. Lee can barely stomach the morning's sun calling in a new day, let alone being forced into caring for a teenager out of nowhere. Despite this, giving the movie it's soul, he does. The discovering of moments is what constitutes the bulk of the film. Lonergan paints with the smallest of aspects, yet finishes with a piece almost epic in its impact. That, to…

  • Polina

    Polina

    ★★★½

    Grade: B+

    The final moments are mesmerizing. As multiple strands of Polina’s psyche cohere, a dance and a sequence are birthed that begin to make sense out of the narrative hiccups that seem to persist throughout.

    The film presents conflicting questions of identity, from matters of dance to that of national borders. Nuzzled within it all, there is an image that gives life to the film and Polina along with it: a lone stag in the snow. Our heroine is…