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  • It's Such a Beautiful Day
  • Before Sunset
  • Synecdoche, New York
  • Ikiru

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  • Lost in Translation

    ★★★★½

  • Zola

    ★★★½

  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★★

  • Boy

    ★★★★

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  • Everybody Wants Some!!

    Everybody Wants Some!!

    ★★★★

    What a delight. Richard Linklater really is the master of the hangout movie.

  • Angst

    Angst

    ★★

    Senselessly depraved. Seriously, I'm having a hard time finding a point to any of the suffering depicted on screen. Even if the goal was just to make the most disturbing portrait of a serial killer, I only think it was a partial success. The camera work is nothing short of brilliant. Seriously, I would almost advise checking this out for the cinematography alone. Erwin Leder is horrifying in the lead performance, but the other actors unfortunately let him down. The…

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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★★

    This has been an extremely trying and dreadful year. Never before has it been so clear that I am alone, totally at the whim of forces I am powerless to control. Eventually, you cross a point beyond burnout, where you strain to remember a time when your engine was fueled to begin with.

    The artist that has helped me the most in getting through this year was Hayao Miyazaki.

    In career spanning decades, no one can touch the immaculate worlds…

  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Very average, but I still had a good time! Florence Pugh was fantastic, certainly a highlight of the movie. David Harbour was largely unfunny, and with an accent both inconsistent, and also illogical (why is he speaking in broken English when he spent three years perfectly undercover in Ohio?). He routinely brought the pace to a screeching halt, and distracted from the film's strongest aspect, being the relationship between Natasha and Yelena.

    The biggest issue is that the more of…