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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★½

    On second watch, I think I appreciated this movie a whole lot more. I still do I have some issues with some of the choices by Lulu Wang, but for me there's no doubt that her screenplay is one of the best of the year. The amount of cultural sensitivity that she has managed to squeeze into her carefully thought-out script is just such a brilliant achievement. The film understands that the American belief isn't completely superior to the supposedly…

  • Ford v Ferrari

    Ford v Ferrari

    ★★★★½

    A crowd-pleaser and "Oscar-baity" kind of movie that I did not at all expect would become one of my favorites of the year. It benefits from having a very good true story and James Mangold's direction that brings the story together in a very entertaining way. It proves to be action-packed while still finding a great story to tell, guiding us along its very relatable themes of an underdog facing off against a large corporation only interested in money and…

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  • The Souvenir

    The Souvenir

    ★★½

    Everyone in my row ended up walking out with at least 30 minutes to go, and well it's not difficult to see why. The editing is so persistently jagged, so focused on being a collection of these "raw" memories that authentically portray her story. And while in this sense the editing can be said to have some significance in showing a kind of recall or train of thought, often than not it makes for a difficult viewing experience that never…

  • The Knight Before Christmas

    The Knight Before Christmas

    No one could have prepared me for how bad this was.