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  • Peppermint Soda

    Peppermint Soda

    ★★★★½

    A film about how French pre-teens will always manage to be cooler than me at any age.

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★★

    My only TIFF ticket this year, and I made the right choice. Chloe Zhao's Nomadland is a gift that makes you want to live, explore, and take care of the world. It a story of the post-industrial Southwest, grief, travel, class, and resilience. Frances McDormand's smile lights up the screen, even when she is fighting back tears. The Badlands look otherworldly. It's romantic without romanticising, a strange compote of beauty and decay and hopefulness that neither reroutes its characters toward…