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  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Bottle Rocket
  • Hell or High Water
  • About Time

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  • Don't Worry Darling

  • The Woman King

    ★★★★

  • Jaws

  • See How They Run

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  • Don't Worry Darling

    Don't Worry Darling

    "You know, my favorite thing about the movie is like it feels like a movie."

    Narrator: He was right. It feels like a movie.

    (A half-cooked movie made before the idea was finished playing way below the talent level of Florence Pugh and Chris Pine. Which is a shame, because they are, as ever, brilliant.)

  • See How They Run

    See How They Run

    Imagine someone hiring Wes Anderson to make a slightly-more-mainstream-than-your-typical-Anderson-film take on a mashup of Agatha Christie and Knives Out. This is that. Probably not all that memorable, but clever and fun.

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  • Little Women

    Little Women

    ★★★★

    I tagged along with my little women to see this, and I loved it. I want to see it again, which is rare for me with period pieces or literary adaptations. Gerwig’s sensibilities are on full display, and the interplay of narrative, score, dialogue, and engaging sentimentality is just right. The cast is stellar, but the real star is Florence Pugh as Amy. I don’t remember the last time an actor caught me by surprise quite like she does here.

  • The New World

    The New World

    ★★★★½

    I’m making my way through Malick’s work in preparation for A Hidden Life. I’ve intentionally avoided reading about any of the Malick films I haven’t seen yet, including this one. It knocked me out. It’s visually stunning, as I expect from Malick, but it’s the poetic form and the resolution of the narrative that so distinctly mark The New World. I’ve never seen anything like it, and the fact that I say that every time I see one of his films makes it no less true this time.