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  • Nomadland

    ★★★★

  • City of Hope

    ★★★★

  • Identifying Features

    ★★★★

  • A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold

    ★★★½

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  • One Night in Miami...

    One Night in Miami...

    ★★★★½

    It's the old tried and true writing prompt to help someone get their creative juices going by imagining historical figures in a room together hashing things out. Regina King and Kemp Powers, inspired by a real event and Powers' Stage play, take this prompt to great engaging heights.

    On a Miami Night in 1964 after defeating Sonny Liston to gain the Heavy-weight title, Muhammed Ali then Cassius Clay (Eli Goree) wants to celebrate it properly with his spiritual mentor Malcolm…

  • A Brighter Summer Day

    A Brighter Summer Day

    ★★★★★

    There are movies that I enjoy, admire, engage with and love. It's one, or a combination thereof, that I want in any movie experience, at the very least. Then there are the ones that transcend my criticisms and therefore cynical nature to not just give me a filmic experience, but an experience. The late Edward Yang's magnum opus focuses on the steadily middle-class Cheng family living in 1960's Taipei, Taiwan more than a decade after forcibly moving from Shanghai to…

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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    "Not all those who wander are lost" - JRR Tolkien

    “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” -Jack Kerouac, On the Road

    The American West has provided a majestic canvas for folklore that has unfortunately wrongly mythologized the whole affair to great detrimental effect. Making brave pioneers and dashing heroes out of vicious settlers and armies who "tamed" and "civilized" the wild frontier. A continuation of romanticizing manifest destiny, taking place over critical analysis…

  • City of Hope

    City of Hope

    ★★★★

    John Sayles' engaging exploration of a fictional New Jersey city reveals the undercurrents and intersectionality of racism, homophobia, classism and corruption affecting this microcosm of the American ecosystem.

    When a new housing development project is proposed in a rundown part of town that nonetheless is home to several impoverished residents Councilman Wynn (Joe Morton) tries to rally his constituents against the venture. Joe Rinaldi (Tony Lo BIanco) is a city contractor who owns the buildings to be demolished and is…

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  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★★★★½

    Not since It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has a person dressed in a sheet ghost costume moved me so dearly.

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★

    At this point you should know wether your sensibilities and movie tastes are aligned with the surreal, weird and disturbing mind of Nicholas Winding Refn. If you thought 'Only God Forgives' was crossing the line, you ain't seen nothing yet in this morbid depiction of the fashion industry. Elle Fanning is superb as Jesse a small town girl looking to make her name in the tinsel town high-end fashion world. After being recognized for her unique 'look' she begins her…