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  • How It Ends

    How It Ends

    ★★★

    Shows early promise and ends well but the cross-country drive is far too longwinded and often downright boring. The third act does make up for it quite a bit and I rather like the open-ended ending. That final effect is also pretty impressive.

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    I really loved the fimmaking and storytelling but I found myself with reservations about a father who wasn’t willing to sacrifice everything to support his daughter. I thought his actions were really selfish and self serving but after some discussion and overnight though, I was really taken by Granik’s approach to mental health and how she juxtaposes an obviously loving and caring relationship between a father and a daughter and how that relationship is torn apart by mental health.

    Also, Granik`s ability to find and elicit performances from young actresses is downright stunning.

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  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★★★★

    I’ve liked, though not always enjoyed. Lars von Trier’s offerings over the past few years but for some reason, likely the combination of length and expectation, Melancholia escaped me. With his new film due for festival runs this winter, the time seemed ripe to catch up with his 2011 offering. Why did I wait so long?

    Undeniably beautiful, Melancholia is also my favourite of von Trier’s works. It’s his exploration of a woman suffering through depression on her wedding day…

  • Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman

    ★★★★

    I have a few issues with it - namely the motivation behind one of the central moments in the 3rd act and a too-long action sequence - but otherwise, it's a total lovefest.

    At one point, I was so joyously happy, I even got a little teary-eyed.