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  • A Simple Favor

    A Simple Favor

    ★★★★★

    Another top five film of the year. I don't know how much of this was intentional, but I think it's the best critique of America to come out this year. It can easily be read as an comedic celebration of white womanhood, but underneath there lies an acrid assessment of the toxicity of privilege.

  • The Sisters Brothers

    The Sisters Brothers

    ★★★★★

    A top fiver on the year. THE SISTERS BROTHERS is a meticulously researched and tender tribute to the western genre that demonstrates the work of a very competent and confident cast and crew. Check out the extensive list of producers, which includes the Dardenne Bros. and Cristian Mungiu. Every aspect of the film is solid across the board, with excellent performances, beautiful cinematography, and a reliably solid and complex score from Desplat. Should, but won't, rack up a ton of awards. (It did win the Silver Lion at Venice and a few French awards). And that poster!

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I think, for me, this film feels very American...but in a kind of depressing/disappointing way that says a lot more about the polluted state of this here national (indie?) cinema and nothing, really, about the people within its borders. It's kind of like a cheap, exploitative fictionalized ethnography that panders to sentimentality and voyeurism. The characters are meant to be taken as wholly unique, right? So, we forgive the mom, we admire the manager, and we love the kid. How…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ½

    The generational epitome of a foundered, self important, and very postmodern delusion.