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  • Thunder Road

    Thunder Road

    ★★★★½

    "Comedy is tragedy in a wide shot."

    Jim Cummings zooms in.

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    Roma contains two of the most heart-breaking scenes in cinematic history. 

    It finished an hour ago and my wife is still sobbing. 

    Bring a fresh pack of tissues.

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  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★½

    The execution was great but I wish it had more concise storytelling. I get that the character couldn't separate reality from the fiction in his head but it needed to start off grounded enough that it had somewhere to go. Can totally see how this connects to people who can get into the protagonist's head and I really wish I was one of those people too.

  • The King

    The King

    ★★★★

    One of my most overlooked and underrated films of the year. As profound as Eugene Jarecki's The House I Live In. My biggest issue is that the pacing is way too fast, but that's just because the material is so dense. Honestly may have been better with an O.J.: Made in America length because the scale is sprawling and it leaves a few too many thoughts unfinished.

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  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★½

    I think Yorgos Lanthimos is Wes Anderson's evil twin brother. 

    I love them both dearly.

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    While I loved this enough based on execution and experience alone, I adore the way it explores the vicious cycle of justice and vengeance. It's a deeply unsettling film, made especially brilliant by the veiled insincerity of every character all the time. I'm on board for whatever Lanthimos does.

  • Life, Animated

    Life, Animated

    ★★★★

    This is the happiest you'll ever be to see Gilbert Gottfried.

    It's low stakes and sentimental, but it's whole hearted and feels like a very full 90 minutes.