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  • Mudbound

    Mudbound

    ★★

    One essential element to any character study should be the ability to get inside characters’ headspaces. To accomplish this, Mudbound writer-director Dee Rees chooses to rely heavily on narration—and instead of sticking with the inner-monologue of one character, she features the thoughts of nearly the whole cast. The voiceover in Rees’s film telegraphs emotion and the thrust of the narrative—and seems to do so as a way to make up for failings of the plot. Rees spreads this story too…

  • Great Choice

    Great Choice

    ★★★

    Robin Comisar’s TIFF-sensation, Great Choice (2017) is without a doubt the highlight of this year’s Midnite selections. Comisar takes as its basis a 94 Red Lobster television spot, which, when viewed outside the context of the short, now comes across as a dated advertisement. An almost unrecognizable Carie Coon (Gone Girl) stars as a woman that gets stuck in an infinite loop of the same Red Lobster commercial. The film succeeds in recreating the original ad down to a T,…

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  • Certain Women

    Certain Women

    ★★★★

    Kristen Stewart eats a hamburger and a grilled cheese sandwich.

  • Ingrid Goes West

    Ingrid Goes West

    ★★★½

    Aubrey Plaza vapes immediately after having sex while dressed up as a Catwoman.