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  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★½

    Shiva Baby has a comic claustrophobia that almost makes you choke, so intense is its depiction of familial/traditional walls closing in on its main character. Danielle (Rachel Sennott), on the eve of graduating from college, attends a Jewish funeral with her parents (Fred Melamed and Polly Draper), where questions about her studies, her job prospects, her dating status, her eating habits, and her weight corner her no matter what room she flees to. And that’s all before the older man…

  • O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    O Brother, Where Art Thou?

    ★★★★

    The Coens’ first real Jesus tease. From Delmar’s baptism to the governor’s pardon to the cleansing waters of the flood, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is dripping with grace.

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  • Rushmore

    Rushmore

    ★★★★★

    Dirk Calloway is really the only one here with a decent head on his shoulders.

  • The Incredibles

    The Incredibles

    ★★★★½

    We really didn't need another superhero movie after this.

    A few notes on this revisit:

    - Pulls no punches on the domestic trauma front. This is about a husband and father's real betrayal. That late-night fight between the parents is uncomfortably true to life.

    - "Tonyloaf"

    - Elastigirl caught in the series of doors is better than almost any superhero action sequence staged since.

    - "I never look back darling. It distracts from the now." (What does this mean for…