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  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★★

    This film is excitingly clever and charming. At the center, it is a heartwarming story about growing up and how the bonds of family change over time. But, it also makes you think about our relationship with technology and social media, and how that affects our day-to-day life. I love a little social commentary blended with vivid animation (Zootopia, anyone?). I also enjoyed all of the film and pop culture references, and the moments of dark humor sprinkled in. This is for anyone who has ever felt a little out of place in the world. It is a beautiful reminder to embrace your weird.

  • Promising Young Woman

    Promising Young Woman

    ★★★★½

    Wow, this film is unexpected, dark, and also so thought-provoking as it unravels the nature of female revenge and the emotional aftermath a woman experiences after a friend goes through a horrific trauma. It explores the important topics of consent, abuse, and the responsibility we all have to speak up when we see wrongdoing, but does so in such a vibrant and entertaining way. Carey Mulligan is superb in this, and I also loved the use of color and music to build out the world of this film. This makes me so excited for whatever project first-time feature director Emerald Fennell has in store next.

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  • Roma

    Roma

    This film is a rich celebration of humanity, oneness, and what it looks like to persevere after trauma and heartbreak. We see this through the eyes of the main character, Cleo, but also through the momentary glimpses into the life of her employer, Sofia. Both women are going through life transitions and, even though they come from different backgrounds, they exhibit the same strength and resolve in dealing with their situations. In addition, this film is stunning to watch. There…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★★

    Visually breathtaking, yet emotionally raw and tender, Chloé Zhao’s latest film is an insightful exploration into what, and sometimes who, makes a home. Frances McDormand approaches Fern with such care and sincerity, and the supporting cast comes together to paint a picture of America not too often shown on the big screen. I can’t wait to revisit this later on down the road.