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  • Lady Macbeth

    Lady Macbeth

    ★★½

    I don't think this nails any of the themes it's going for and therefore ends up being a rather uncomfortable watch of increasingly appalling moral blunders. Pugh is going places, though.

  • The Second Mother

    The Second Mother

    ★★★★

    Terrific screenplay that smartly underpins the Brazilian class dynamics, bolstered by an endlessly charismatic and heartfelt leading performance by Regina Casé and a tremendously astute eye for the camera and framing by the director and cinematographer. A joy to watch.

    Film 5/15 of my December Watchlist

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★½

    A deeply sensual coming-of-age story centered around a beautiful summer love story, what's perhaps most interesting about the film is how internal the conflicts are. There are, undoubtedly, societal pressures that dictate much of the characters' behaviors, but the movie rightly chooses to focus on the inherent courage that comes with love and throwing ourselves into the whole-hearted experience of loving someone else. Let us not forget that courage comes from the French word meaning "heart" and truly Chamalet's Elio…

  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★★½

    This is the movie I've been waiting for! Forget about Harmony Korine and Larry Clark, here comes a movie about a side of the American youth we don't often see, which doesn't feel exploitative, over-sensationalized, forced or inauthentic. Arnold's camera lacks any sort of judgment but doesn't go for the cheap manipulations either, it just lingers on the main character and her journey for long enough for us to truly "get" her. I love how we get to experience the…