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  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★★

    Wow, the sequence where Brady helps Lane with his therapy and then drives down that open road, holding back tears before eventually breaking. That was something.

  • Widows

    Widows

    ★★★½

    a bunch of great performances here - Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Brian Tyree Henry, and Daniel Kaluuya.

    A lot of people are zeroing in on Kaluuya's character being downright terrifying and a cold-blooded menace (he is) but really he's just reacting here, trying to protect and reclaim what he and his brother have built. There are others in this that are far more sadistic, just not in the movie villain way.

    All the trying to sprinkle in the past with the present in order to provide context and backstory didn't work for me, though.

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

    Often times certain films hold a special place in my heart, as I am sure the same can be said of almost everyone else. My memory of The Royal Tenenbaums involves a group of friends driving one hour (both ways) to Baltimore to catch it at the Charles Theater. At the time, that was the only way to see Wes Anderson’s newest film, since growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, one did not have the opportunity to see…

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★

    Robert Bresson has an insane 7 films on the Sight and Sound list.

    Now, I may or may not possess the Malick gene, the jury is still out, but having watched two Bressons now (this and Pickpocket) I'm almost certain I do not possess a Bresson gene.

    Maybe...completely devoid of the Bresson gene.

    This is, without a doubt, the main director that is so critically praised and universally loved and I cannot, for the life of me, understand why. To…