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  • The Art of Self-Defense

    The Art of Self-Defense

    ★★★★

    There were never any rules.

    Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique... Ok, not really—it's a drier Fight Club—but everything before that still holds true. A fresh and funny black comedy that explores toxic masculinity as the root of violence, social exclusion and sex discrimination, The Art of Self Defense stars Jesse Eisenberg as a karate-obsessed loser. It's the best (and strangely also the most likeable), you've ever seen him, and he's in good company,…

  • The Love Witch

    The Love Witch

    ★★★★

    Does giving this anything less than a 4.5 hurt my brand? The Love Witch gets a little too caught up in its gimmick sometimes, but I still adored this sumptuously styled, 70s horror-inspired treasure with a feminist twist.

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  • Loving Vincent

    Loving Vincent

    Yeah, no this is spectacular. I'm definitely going to rewatch it soon because I wasn't in the best mindset, but Loving Vincent is still just about flawless, and not just for its originality. I know being the first animation of its kind has earned this film most of its acclaim (as well as haters who view any original attempt at anything as a gimmick), but I promise this is the real deal. THE WAY THEY MADE THE WIND AND RAIN LOOK! I can't.

  • When They See Us

    When They See Us

    ★★★★½

    This was painful to watch. It's rare that a film hits me so hard that I just sit there, too horrified to even cry. Patty Jenkins' Monster did that to me (while making similar points about the oppressive structural forces that lead to crime in marginalized communities), but Ava DuVernay’s most recent and most ambitious project is ahead of that one in almost every way. It's the best thing the gifted and daring director has ever done and one of…