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  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★½

    The most powerful images in Leave No Trace, for sure one of my favorites of 2018, is whenever Granik let’s us see tattered American flags in the background. They’re far off, but close enough that we’re constantly reminded that Will and Tomasin are about as far off of the ‘American Dream’ that anyone could be. 

    So quietly in the background the opioid crisis, lack of support for veterans, and family separation are key contextual elements; reminding us that this could only be set in one specific place.

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    I had to watch so much of this through my hands

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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★★

    "Just tell us a story"

  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    Bold claim alert:
    I’ll need a little while to really digest this well enough to write anything about it. But, my gut reaction is that this is Anderson’s best and perhaps on the shortlist of the best few films of the century.