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  • Boy Erased

    Boy Erased

    ★★★★

    “Boy Erased” is a film steeped in empathy. Edgerton’s second directed feature really cements him as a more than capable filmmaker and writer. The film’s smartest move is to never reduce Jared’s parents to the point of hatemongering, backwards thinking caricatures. This is handled well by Kidman and Crowe. Hedges plays Jared with a sensitive note but often outspoken. He’s the heartbeat of the film. “Boy Erased” is a virtuous film and despite its small scope, it’s quite an achievement.

  • The Bank Dick

    The Bank Dick

    ★★★★½

    Totally off the wall and marvelous. “The Bank Dick” is probably W.C. Fields’ best film. Fields plays a drunk, liar, and cheat who by a happenstance becomes a bank detective. His misanthropy throughout is so amazing to watch and the fact that he gets to be so hilarious and cynical and end up the hero is incredible. “The Bank Dick” is a funny picture with a ramshackle story that’s a lot of fun to watch.

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  • Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk

    ★★★½

    I feel like seeing this film in it’s intended frame rate would have only added to the hightened sense of reality. I don’t think director Ang Lee ever intended for us to feel comfortable.

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★

    Luca Guadagnino's "Suspiria" is ambitious, grandiose, often compelling and utterly terrifying. The biggest takeaway here is Guadagnino made the film his own. It was a love project. He has wanted to make his "Suspiria" since he was a boy and it shows.

    Gone are the fascinating colors of Argento's version, instead the dancing takes the mantle of the colors. It also features a vivid sense of place and time. Femininity in this film is even stronger a presence than in…