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First Cow

Kelly Reichardt has been directing western-inspired tales for pretty much her entire career. Her breakthrough, 2005’s Old Joy, brought audiences to Oregon for a tale of friendship and loss between two old pals during a camping weekend in the Cascades. Fifteen years later, Reichardt has returned to the lavishly lush emerald woods of the Pacific…

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Portrait of a Lady on Fire left one of the biggest impacts on me that a film ever has. It has so much going for it; great cinematography, meticulous direction and screenwriting, and dedicated performances. The director, Céline Sciamma, broke away from her typical coming of age narratives and graduated to a different kind of…

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Ema

Fire distilled on film, Chilean director Pablo Larraín‘s Ema is sharp and stylized. A blend of erotic drama and dance movie, it is an ode to movement and the body. It’s a film that wears its symbolism on its sleeve; gorgeously shot sequences are included for metaphor even when they don’t further the story. It…

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Little Women

There are a few things that need to be addressed when talking about Little Women (2019). For starters, the fears brought up by yet another adaptation of an uppity 19th century novel that’s been immortalized countless times in countless films are valid, there’s truly little cultural capital gained by telling the same stories over and…

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Ordinary Love

[written by thehipsterllama] There’s only one way to begin this review because really, there’s no beating around the bush, or dancing around the point on matters like this. The fact is that Ordinary Love is one of the best films, if not the best film of the year.  The filmmakers (Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn)…

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Uncut Gems

            It has been said that comedic acting is far more difficult than dramatic acting. If that’s true, then Adam Sandler just might be the greatest actor of our time. Having spent decades putting out a slew of movies regarded by many as among the worst of all time (though I still love them all),…

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Marriage Story

Rick and Ilsa, Jack and Rose, Mia and Sebastian, and now Nicole and Charlie. Sometimes the best couples in film just aren’t meant to be together in the end. Unlike these other couples, Adam Driver’s Charlie and Scarlett Johansson’s Nicole did get married and shared their lives with each other for many years with no…

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