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  • The Irishman

    ★★★★★

  • The Father

    ★★★★

  • Marriage Story

    ★★★★★

  • Bitter Bread

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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    Like The Wolf of Wall Street, face-value observations will push The Irishman into a corner filled with reductive accusations of an aged master just playing it safe. Many surface-level characteristics adhere to the Goodfellas model: a mob film that controversially lends a seemingly sympathetic eye to a group of loathsomely lovable thugs who curse, backstab, rise, and fall through a decade-spanning runtime that exceeds three hours. But not all his profundity comes from the ways maulings made hilarious can spark…

  • The Father

    The Father

    Sometimes death has no meaning. Not everyone leaves this world with one last profound thought, one last distinguished moment. Sometimes, in fact oftentimes, you’re just here, and then suddenly you’re not. There’s nothing more to it. Not that everyone can accept this. That search for meaning where there is none can be far more harmful than simply accepting the reality of someone’s absence. The Father, a Bulgarian comedy-drama by husband and wife team Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov, fully understands…

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  • Vice

    Vice

    Vice is a plot without a story. There’s a lot of events transpiring on screen, but there lacks an underlying story that draws these elements together. Sections of Vice are best enjoyed as their own experience, independent of the film as a whole. In the earlier sections, it’s easier to do that. But when forced to reckon with the film as an overarching experience, it collapses under its own incoherence.

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  • Us

    Us

    Jordan Peele has survived the sophomore slump. With the bar set so high by his directorial debut Get Out, many were unsure how his next cinematic effort could possibly match, let alone exceed, the same heights of that film. But Peele, clearly not deterred by a good challenge, continues to poise himself as one of the next greats in horror cinema: Us may not have the same monumental impact as Get Out, but it stands as another remarkable achievement for the rising auteur nonetheless.

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