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  • Beautiful Boy

    Beautiful Boy

    ★★★½

    Felix van Groeningen's 'The Broken Circle Breakdown' is one of the most heartbreakingly great films this century, and while 'Beautiful Boy' doesn't quite match up to it, the movie does a good job trying.

    Yes it has a whiff of award season bait and yes it does try to pull your heartsrings at opportune moments, but it also deals with the dark moments of drug addiction well. It's no 'Requiem for a Dream' in the sense that it's a more…

  • 1985

    1985

    ★★★½

    Some heartbreaking moments in this one. Cory Michael Smith plays 'Adrian', a twenty something guy who works in advertising in NYC. Adrian visits his small town Texas family at Christmas hoping to break some personal news to them, but it doesn't go to plan.

    The film, shot in black and white, doesn't deal with anything we haven't seen on screen before but what it does, it does very well. The script especially is very tight and paces well. I found…

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  • Manchester by the Sea

    Manchester by the Sea

    ★★★★★

    Once in a while, a film will make you shake yourself down, and it will take hours maybe even a couple of days to get your real self back. This is one of them.

    From the very first minutes, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and the rest of the cast just transport you into their world. So much so that you feel like you're sitting in the corner of the room just watching them go about their daily business.

    It's one…

  • The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden

    ★★★★½

    Park Can Wook is in a class of his own. One of the Directors that you just have to see whatever he puts out, because the chances are it's going to be at least "very good".

    The Handmaiden is beautiful, erotic, captivating, naughty, perverse, thrilling, tense, twisted and brilliant.

    For anybody who likes mindfuck cinema it's a great great film. For anyone who likes Park Chan Wook - it's bliss.