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  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ★★★½

    Although not as stylish or gripping as Sicario or as emotionally resonant or thematically powerful as Hell or High Water, Wind River still merits a look for Sheridan's continued ability to find socially relevant dramatic stories that resonate with human elements and a truthful delivery. It also features some terrific performances, most notably from Jeremy Renner, who has rarely been better, as the troubled and grief-stricken father who finds that the only way to deal with loss is to embrace…

  • Brigsby Bear

    Brigsby Bear

    ★★★½

    Although this is not a film that will hold up to traditional narrative scrutiny, Brigsby Bear will likely find a cult audience that adores its thematic explorations. Specifically, the lifelong fans of sci-fi/fantasy properties will readily understand how the consumption of creative (even if schlocky) TV shows as kids is something that can greatly form our attitudes later in life, especially as we connect with others who collaborate to share those passions, helping wounds heal in the process and finding…

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    La La Land is a passion project about those who, appropriately, persevere in their passions despite a lack of success, or those who have chosen to continue to try to make their dream come true without settling for the alluring comfort of 'selling out' that puts money in the pockets, enough to earn a living, but not quite enough to satisfy the soul. It's a film about taking a risk in Hollywood, and itself represents a risk, but one that…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★½

    Sicario may not emerge as the most definitive story about the drug trade, but it does do what it sets out to do quite effectively, which is to show what a horror show it all is. It also shows how important the fight is against the drug cartels, and quite cynically, how futile it is as well. The most biting sting of the film comes from the realization that there is an underlying suggestion of Sicario is that the drug…