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  • Mulholland Drive
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Melancholia
  • Lost in Translation

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  • Belfast

    ★★★½

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★½

  • Spencer

    ★★★★½

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★

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  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★★½

    Kenneth Branagh ‘Belfast’ juggles elements of French New Wave cinema a la François Truffaut but with the accessibility of Jojo Rabbit in creating an earnest and textured portrait of the director’s childhood during the low level war in Northern Ireland. Branagh’s direction is excellent and his choices were inspired — not a single mise en scene felt irrelevant. Every shot had a purpose, and every angle was well-thought.

    The film’s biggest asset is its cast ensemble — Catriona Balfe and…

  • The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    The Eyes of Tammy Faye

    ★★½

    Deeply average and stylistically outdated. The Eyes of Tammy Faye checks the most basic parameters of what a passable biopic should be — no more, no less.

    Jessica Chastain had moments of brilliance, and those come from highly-charged scenes that are both over the top and emotional. She needed the hysterics in order to bring out the humanity of her character. But in moments where the melodrama stops, her characterization of Tammy Faye is occasionally cartoonish, superficial, and forced. It’s…

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  • Fan Girl

    Fan Girl

    ★★★½

    Antoinette Jadaone’s Fan Girl showcases a fascinating exploration on the illusion (and disillusion) of idolatry, particularly in a misogynistic society where it unravels a woman’s incessant need of a male figure. While the film’s narrative is rather rough around the edges, it boasts a star-making performance from Charlie Dizon, who gives a tour de force portrayal of a crazed fan that’s full of layers and nuances.

    Jadaone’s strongest suit has always been her subtle allegories and subtext. I admire her…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    Nomadland is one blissful piece of cinema that details the aftermath of 2008’s Great Recession in a quiet and intimate character study to modern-day America. Gorgeously shot and sublimely scored, the film is a poetic portrayal of moving forward and letting go with intense sensitivity. Chloé Zhao achieved something unique here; it’s not everyday you’ll encounter a hyperrealist film with a middle-aged woman in the center going through life’s crisis told in a storytelling that’s as effortless as the mountain…