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  • It's a Wonderful Life
  • Morvern Callar
  • Where Is My Friend's House?
  • An Angel at My Table

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  • Goodbye, Don Glees!

  • What Remains On The Way

    ★★★★

  • My Imaginary Country

    ★★★★½

  • Personhood

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  • Murina

    Murina

    ★★★★

    My program notes for the Pickford this week: 

    “The fabulous Murina is a Martin Scorsese-produced film by writer-director Antoneta Kusijanovic. Kusijanovic is someone who's been in the film world for a number of years, but this is her first feature film. And what a debut!

    Kusijanovic is certainly someone to watch for in coming years, and it is no surprise that Murina was awarded the prestigious Golden Camera award (Caméra d’Or) at 2021's Cannes Film Fest. The film, notably, too,…

  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★

    Pickford Film Center. SO much fun seeing this on the big screen with a nearly full house and an engaged audience — gasps, claps, laughs, cheers throughout, at all the right times.

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Random (very spoilery) notes:

    -The title/place name is oddly specific for such a nondescript town/place. Why the title? Is the town name important? Is it a small town? Large town? Small enough for one character to know about another character’s illness, but too big for hospital staff to know they shouldn’t put the perpetrator of violence in the same room with the victim of his violence? (But also, the hospital is so small-town they don’t have a separate burn unit?)…

  • Eighth Grade

    Eighth Grade

    ★★★★½

    Rather nervously sat down to watch this with our two teen daughters. I thought it might be traumatizing, too close to home, especially for our oldest, who has severe social anxiety and depression. But we stayed up til 2 AM afterwards talking. There were tears and hugs. They told us stuff they feel now and stuff they’d felt in middle school that they couldn’t say before. They saw themselves onscreen and saw someone knew and someone cared. 

    So grateful to  Bo Burnham and the medium of film — my girls felt seen.