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  • The Iron Giant

    The Iron Giant

    ★★★★★

    Likeable characters, excellent score, clever and refreshingly mature dialogue, a charming setting, and beautiful animation. There is nothing to hate about Brad Bird's excellent debut.

    The way this movie integrates adolescence, creative repression, war paranoia, and the concept of humanity and death is mind-blowing. It does not delve deep into any of the aforementioned topics but it organically sets them up as part of an entertaining and heartwarming story about a boy and his friend.

  • The Hunt

    The Hunt

    ★★★★½

    The Hunt tells a cruel story about a good-natured teacher coming face to face with an accusation that unravels his entire world.

    Mads Mikkelssen delievers the performance of his career here by displaying the utter despair of a wrongfully condemned innocent citizen. His character, Lucas, is continiously subjected to merciless hate by his former friends and colleagues. As a result, his beliefs and mannerisms are put under pressure and he exhibits a complex descent into lonliness and pain. To display…

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  • The Shallows

    The Shallows

    ★★★

    Simple and straight to the point.

    In an unnamed beach in Mexico, medically-trained, bird-taming Blake Lively goes to toe to fin with a great white. The Shallows is less than 90 minutes long, and in that very short run time we get well-executed and beautifully-shot action sequences that work well despite the complete lack of a background story or any characterization, which resulted in the audience rooting less for the protagonist, at least that's what I did. Jaume Collet-Serrra focused…

  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★★

    "You know why this is my favorite tree? 'Cause it's tipped over and it's still growing."

    As if the film isn't incredible enough, Willem Dafoe's one-sided conversation with some large birds made this Oscar-worthy in just 10 seconds.