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  • Joe Versus the Volcano

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    ★★★★

    I’m almost embarrassed by how completely this worked on me. It’s entirely too ambitious and overstuffed and yet it pretty much all works. As with MOONSTRUCK, Shanley’s romanticism is without guile, a headlong leap of faith.

  • Dishonored

    Dishonored

    ★★★★½

    Those lingering dissolves... Holy Jesus.

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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    Granik and co's greatest asset is confidence, confidence that the simplicity of the surface and the directness of their approach will get the job done. They do and then some. This checks a lot of boxes for me and I left feeling emotionally wrung out.

    More likely this ranks somewhere between a 4 and a 4.5, but it's certainly one of 2018's best.

  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★½

    A rich, bountiful meal of a movie, full of sounds, colors, textures, and tones that still manages to center the titanic abilities of its ensemble. Jenkins' control of every element of film style is nothing short of masterful. A cut above MOONLIGHT.