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  • Mudbound

    Mudbound

    ★★★½

    Beautiful performances in this tough watch depicting a piece of important Americana, if only it wasn't directed with the delicacy of a blunt-edged Lifetime daytime show.

  • It Comes at Night

    It Comes at Night

    ★★★★

    An unnerving little horror movie, with merciless tension that's tighter than Austrian piano wire, from a young director (Trey Edward Shults) who will no doubt continue to soar and end up working with giant Hollywood budgets. Until that day, let's hope he continues making indies as good as this.

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  • Birdman

    Birdman

    ★★★★

    After his “Death” trilogy (“Amores Perros,” “21 Grams,” “Babel“) Alejandro González Iñárritu took an even more depressing route. Instead of swallowing the proverbial chill pill by directing something lighter, looser, something with a sliver of optimistic verve in its veins, he went ahead and made the ultimate downer of his filmography: “Biutiful.” Nothing against the film itself (it personally moved me to no end, and I believe it contains the best performance Javier Bardem has ever delivered), but it’s bleak…

  • Selma

    Selma

    ★★★

    "Selma is now" Common said in his Golden Globe speech, after accepting the award for Best Original Song. It was an empowering speech, clearly practised, but effective all the same. He'll probably say something similar when he accepts the Academy Award for Best Original Song on February 22nd.

    And "Selma," the movie, is now. By all accounts of people who are much more in-the-know than I am when it comes to Civil Rights history, the real story of Selma is…