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  • Another Round

    Another Round

    ★★★½

    A comedy with a dark Scandinavian core.

    Even with all its hijinks, Another Round is a quietly interesting film that has no desire to influence you one way or another.

    Fortunately for Vintenberg and his seemingly drunk camera, they have the extraordinary Mads Mikkelsen to carry this film through.

  • Spotlight

    Spotlight

    ★★★½

    Essentially an old-school TV procedural: the music is anonymous mood-setting; the visuals are basic; the dialogue is an efficient plot-delivery machine; and the actors don't have characters so much as haircuts, voices, and tics.

    To be fair, it's an engaging procedural, and McCarthy's sincerity is his biggest appeal.

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  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★★

    It isn't going to be about some rug pull deception. It's a gorgeously crafted, lacerating depiction of decline, marked by one of the finest performances ever given by arguably the best actor of our time.

    Sometimes he roars like a tyrant, but there are also moments when he's as plaintive and weak as a kitten, bewildered by a world and by people he no longer recognizes.

    Olivia Colman is consistently his equal. Her work is gutting.

  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★

    I've seen a salmon in a grizzly's mouth look less panicky than this girl.