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  • When Marnie Was There

    When Marnie Was There

    ★★★★★

    In this world, there is an invisible magic circle...

    As if under a spell, I could barely move for this film's entire duration.

    Few pieces of art evoke feelings as affecting as When Marnie Was There does for me. Every expression and movement makes my heart break or swell. Anna’s character is arrestingly painful, and animated expertly by details that could only be inserted with real empathy, and sometimes, only visible to those who truly empathize.

    The film contains themes…

  • The Blackcoat's Daughter

    The Blackcoat's Daughter

    ★★★★★

    A dreadful delight. Patient, atmospheric horror executed this perfectly doesn't come along often.

    This film carefully grows a lump inside your stomach, so slowly and steadily that you don't even notice it until it drops. I've been saying for a while that I wanted to see a movie that made me need to turn the lights on after—and I found one.

    The Blackcoat's Daughter hangs by what it nails: the sounds you hear when you stop and listen.

    Kiernan Shipka is primed to take over the world and I can't wait to see what she does with the rest of her career.