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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★½

    'A Quiet Place' is a story told on a knife’s edge. This largely silent film punctuates the stillness with exciting moments of shattering noise. When we hear something it is usually a bad thing. However, the script stylishly uses both silence and sound to maximum effect, which is as moving and poignant as they are scary and thrilling. In many ways, John Krasinski taps into the level of taut, tense storytelling that took Steven Spielberg’s calling card to the heights…

  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★★

    At 71, Steven Spielberg is arguably at the top of his craft with a string of weighty and potent historical dramas - 'Lincoln', 'Bridge of Spies', and 'The Post' - that are as much about the present as they are the past. But growing up doesn't necessitate growing old, and with the gaming and cultural geekfest that is 'Ready Player One', Spielberg sets aside his serious contemplation about the state of things and gets back to having fun.

    His joy…

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  • Mary and the Witch's Flower

    Mary and the Witch's Flower

    ★★★½

    ‘Mary and The Witch’s Flower’ is a colorful and visually stunning spectacle - a film that packs plenty of detail within its frames. And while it doesn’t always capture the magic it attempts to display, ‘Mary’ is carried by the charm and heart of its characters

    The film will inevitably be compared to Studio Ghibli and its storied film catalog. ‘Mary and The Witch’s Flower’ certainly invokes some tropes we’ve seen in Studio Ghibli’s canon - a young and curious…

  • In the Fade

    In the Fade

    ★★★½

    Like ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, ‘In The Fade’ - Germany’s Foreign Language Film Oscars entry - is about a woman seeking justice for a devastating crime against her family. However, it differs substantially in tone - ‘Three Billboards’ is, essentially, a black comedy (and a bad one), while ‘In The Fade’ has no single deliberate (nor unintended) moment of humor. It also differs in impact - ‘Three Billboards’ left me completely unmoved, but ‘In The Fade’, by focusing intensely…

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  • Barry

    Barry

    ★★★½

    It's not about a man destined to win something. It's about the search to belong, and that makes it more sneakily American and quietly patriotic than any achievement-oriented, conventional biopic. Terrell's performance elevates the film.

  • Election

    Election

    ★★★★½

    'Election', Alexander Payne's wicked satire of power and (social) politics set in the overheated incubator of a high school student body election, is as sharp and perceptive now as it was in 1999.

    Matthew Broderick is the passionately dedicated and somewhat condescending civics teacher, whose extra-curricular involvement helps compensate for a passionless marriage. Reese Witherspoon is Tracy Flick, the chirpy, aggressively active over-achiever who sees winning as merely an act of will, and she’s the most willful student in school.…