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  • Dead Kids

    Dead Kids

    ★★★

    This film could've been so much more, but it refused to be. What we're given is not all bad, as it serves as a criticism to the private-schooled, spoiled and privileged, perpetually-IG-story-ready, walwal-Friday-bars frequenters, elite kids, their rich parents, and their attitudes of living their lives without knowing consequences for their actions. The cast was perfect, with each actors seemingly groomed to play their respective parts. Director Mikhail Red's shots were beautiful and it really created the impeccable atmosphere for…

  • Changing Partners

    Changing Partners

    ★★★★★

    I loved every minute of this film. The music was rich and beautifully sung and written. The script was sharp and tight; the words and the shouts flowed so naturally watching it felt like an invasion of privacy. It made me feel like a nosy neighbor in the connecting townhouse, prying at the quarreling couples. And of course, the editing was flawless. Being based on a play, the atmosphere of the stage wasn't lost. Every single detail presented to the…

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  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★★

    Shoplifters (2018) is quiet, but its emotions run strong. Asking the question, What really makes a family, director Hirokazu Kore-eda showed us that it's more than blood. Exquisite and heartbreaking. That final shot lingered until the credits rolled in.