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  • Uncut Gems

    Uncut Gems

    ★★★★★

    Uncut Gems is a panic-attack manifested into film. It is 135 minutes of nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat tension. It is also, as has been heralded constantly in the months since its premiere, the best role of Adam Sandler's career.

    The Safdie brothers take the claustrophobic look at the hard-scrabble underbelly of NYC that they have perfected over their last few films and broaden its scope to engross the audience in the world of sports-betting. We follow Howard Ratner, a New York City…

  • The Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse

    ★★★★★

    There is a moment in The Lighthouse that defines the film. Willem Dafoe towers over a cowering Robert Pattinson, the camera angled up from below at Dafoe's scraggly-bearded, bug-eyed visage as he chants a seaman's curse. His voice and diction are the very embodiment of the salty sailor archetype; the chant filled with late 1800's Northeastern coastal slang. His voice rises into a primal roar and a peel of thunder booms, raising the hairs on my arm and sending shivers…

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  • Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

    ★★★★

    With Birds of Prey, the DCEU has finally settled into its niche: weird, small-scale, character-driven action romps. There is no world at stake, no evil master plan to stop, just a bunch of women trying to get out from under the shadow of the toxic men in their lives. And these women rule!

    Margot Robbie knows exactly who her Harley is and ensures a much more consistent vision for the character than we saw in her previous outing. Harley is…

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★★½

    A deeply empathetic showcase for two incredible young actors and a cathartic journey through trauma for one Mr LaBeouf. Alma Har'el's direction is lovely, blending memories and moments of magical realism in unique ways and using a distinctive soundscape to conjure deep emotion. It is a real win for all involved.

    My only disappointment is that they had Twigs, whose music is on exactly the emotional wavelength that this film is going for, yet they didn't have her sing.

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  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★★★★★

    Suspiria is art-house horror at its most pretentious and impenetrable, but if you can resonate on its unique wavelength, you will find a film experience like no other this year.

    The plot is simple, and borrows its basic premise from Dario Argento's 1977 masterwork: Susie Bannion, a young woman from small-town America, arrives at the Markos Dance Academy in Berlin and soon discovers that it is run by a coven of witches. This simple story masks a sprawling, thematically dense…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    Roma is a stunning achievement, one of the greatest films of the year, if not the decade.

    Here are a few reasons why you simply must see this film, whether it be in its full majesty on the silver screen, or simply in the comfort of your own home once it releases on Netflix this Friday (December 14th):

    - It tells a heartbreakingly intimate story set against the epic backdrop of Mexico City in the 1970s. As we follow housemaid…