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  • The Straight Story

    The Straight Story

    ★★★★½

    This was in my Netflix queue for 15 years. It feels good to have finally seen it, and I think I appreciate it more now than I would've then.

  • Mission: Impossible

    Mission: Impossible

    ★★★★½

    I would like to point out that doddering Jon Voight in this movie is merely ONE year older than professional stunt man Tom Cruise is in Fallout.

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  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    Elsie Fisher is incredible and Bo Burnham’s script is miraculously universal and so specifically of this moment. I had the great fortune to see them together in a post-movie Q&A—they make a great pair both onscreen and off.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    It's stuffed with maybe one too many ideas, as if first-time director Boots Riley thought he might never get to make another movie. If there's any justice, though, he will, because despite A LOT going on in this movie, so much of it is thrillingly fresh, unique and meaningful. I have been obsessed with the cast of Short Term 12 since I saw it, and LaKeith Stanfield continues to impress.

    At the SIFF screening I saw, rapper/activist-turned-filmmaker Riley was there…