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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    SIFF 2018: Film #8
    I could not possibly ask for a better way to end the Seattle International Film Festival than with a screening of A24's joyous Eighth Grade and Q&A with director Bo Burnham and star Elsie Fisher.

    Eighth Grade succeeds by how sincerely it handles the problems and emotions facing protagonist Kayla, and how it uses its impressive cinematography and a unique aural experience to pull us so completely into her head. The plot of the film is…

  • Hereditary

    Hereditary

    ★★★★★

    Hereditary is a new modern masterpiece of the horror genre. Not only has Ari Aster crafted a debut film that effortlessly cultivates a pervasive sense of dread and foreboding that has eluded more experienced horror maestros, but he has dreamed up revolutionary new techniques to elicit scares from his audience.

    It is a film that has invaded my mind, lurking in my thoughts with imagery and emotions that will haunt me until the end of my days. Most modern horror…

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  • Searching

    Searching

    ★★★★

    The brilliance of Searching is not the central gimmick that it takes place entirely on a computer screen, but the fact that this 'gimmick' enables greater emotional depth and character insight than is seen in most traditionally shot films.

    David's search to find his missing daughter, Margot, is an intricately plotted, Hitchcockian suspense story, made all the more impactful through the tiny insights we gain into the characters lives through their digital footprint. We see a deep history of David…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

    "Scratch that, this is my real job. Math teacher on the side."

    Scoutmaster Ward is the purest soul.

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★½

    Black Panther is the pinnacle of super hero movies, a film that works both as a part of the MCU mega-franchise and as a standalone creative vision defined by Ryan Coogler's direction. By choosing to forego the tired origin story format, and focus instead on T'Challa assuming the Wakandan throne, Black Panther is able to deliver a dense, compelling story that effortlessly immerses the viewer in the vibrant world of Wakanda. The film is populated by an incredible cast of…

  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    Call Me by Your Name is a gorgeously shot film that depicts a coming-of-age story of the type that is rarely ever shown on screen. The tender story of Elio and Oliver's gradual attraction and eventual romance is at times sweet, funny, joyous, and ultimately heartbreaking.

    Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer have incredible chemistry and an easy rapport that makes the screen practically spark whenever they share a scene. While both of their performances are Oscar worthy, Chalamet in particular…