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    Scum

    ★★★½

    Just a brutal and ugly movie about a brutal and ugly place. I can see how this influenced a ton of stuff I love, movies like The Tribe, A Prophet, and Starred Up. Some of the group scenes in this feel like incredible feats of directing, and Archer is an incredibly well conceived character, but this also has some just needlessly nasty elements that don't feel earned. Very conflicting experience all around.

  • Official Secrets

    Official Secrets

    ★★★★

    The most striking thing about Official Secrets is how stark it is. From the "just the facts" approach to the writing, to the no bullshit direction, to Keira Knightly's almost no-makeup performance, this is a movie that fully expects you to come along for the ride on the sheer power of its story alone. And what a story it is, a nearly forgotten tale of naive bravery in the face of an absolutely unstoppable, unconscionable war.

    The Iraq war has…

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★★

    Sometimes, the best that you can do is accept who you are and keep going. And sometimes, that's enough.

  • The Emoji Movie

    The Emoji Movie

    ½

    A vision of a world in which all of life is defined by the inane, dull task a person is forced to perform ad infinitum and perfectly every single time. A world where emotions, if not rigidly controlled, create unimaginable chaos with disastrous consequences. A world in which a person's entire worth is defined by their ability to complete their job exactly correctly, no matter what it does to their inner soul. A world where the only path to solvency…