Tag: B+

Gretel & Hansel

January is finally over, everyone! Hollywood did what it always does, we survived it, and most of the public has already forgotten about The Turning (I will likely never forget).We have so many great horror films to look forward to in February, like… Fantasy Island! There’s also Brahms: The Boy II! Anyhow, there’s one more…

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Zombi Child

Bertrand Bonello’s last film, Nocturama, followed a group of disaffected Parisian youths as they committed terrorist acts across the city and subsequently holed up in a shopping mall overnight to avoid authorities. It was enigmatic, toying with structure to disorient the audience and offering no context or motivation for their destructive actions, instead challenging the…

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The Truth

After taking home the Palme d’Or in 2018 for Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda caps off the decade with his first film not in Japanese. He brings together 3 phenomenally talented actors – Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, and Ethan Hawke – to tell the story of a celebrated actress coming to terms with her own obsolescence in…

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A Hidden Life

With each new film, Terrence Malick burrows even deeper into his niche. He’s an artist in the truest sense of the word, with his recent body of work consisting of uncompromising and challenging films that serve as sublime visual poetry for some and patience-burning wastes of time for others. A Hidden Life is his most…

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I Lost My Body

Our life is like a mystery. We will never be sure what will happen tomorrow or in the future. In fact, the only thing that is predictable about it is how unpredictable it is. This uncertainty along with all the scary things that happen in our life, like losing our loved ones or getting our…

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Atlantics

Ghost stories in cinema are heavily undervalued. We have a slew of them, as spirits, out for revenge because reasons, haunt cinemas every few months thanks to the Conjuring Universe and its contemporaries. Everyone likes a good ghost story, even if meaningful ones are few and far between. David Lowery’s A Ghost Story from 2017…

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Ford v Ferrari

When it comes to cars, my knowledge basically stops at knowing how to drive them. The case could even be made that my knowledge doesn’t extend that far as I am unable to drive stick (I hope you’re reading this dad!). So even with the talent involved in Ford v Ferrari and a general excitement…

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Waves

Trey Edward Shults is quickly making a career out of absolutely shredding his audience’s nerves. With Waves, he takes his experience with psychological thrillers and applies it to a family drama. It’s his most ambitious effort, both in narrative and form, and while it mostly pays off, the result is unfortunately uneven. Bolstered by a…

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The Report

Investigative journalism films directly appeal to me, mostly because I love movies about everyday people being good at what they do for a living – the first horse training sequence in The Rider brought me to tears, for instance. I was excited for The Report, because it bears most of the genre’s conventions, but also…

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Last Christmas

         Christmas movies, rom-coms, and George Michael may not be things that seem like they would fall within my taste, which so many have been quick to label as pretentious, but they all bring me quite a lot of joy.With that said, ever since I first became acquainted with the concept of Last Christmas, I…

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