• The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★½

    ugly cry but feeling so full and happy. wow spielberg.

  • Decision to Leave

    Decision to Leave

    ★★★★½

    an intoxicating love story wrapped in a police procedural drama. so playful and masterfully crafted. tang wei, you got my heart.

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★★

    "we're all uselless alone. it's a good thing that you're not alone."

  • Broker

    Broker

    ★★★★½

    "thank you for being born" 😢♥️

    hits even harder the second time. very empathetic, much more complex than it appears to be. a tender, funny, and often sad rumination on the choices and responsibilities we have as humans and parents.

  • Her Smell

    Her Smell

    ★★★★½

    gonna keep rewatching this until the next alex ross perry's film comes out. strange how a movie this caustic can give me such comfort...

  • Emily the Criminal

    Emily the Criminal

    ★★★★

    Sundance 2022 #15

    this feels like the LA and girlbossification of UNCUT GEMS. super tense from the get-go til the very end. plenty of close-up shots, giving the film more claustrophobic feelings. aubrey plaza is *marvelous* desperation for money and self-preservation can really push someone over the edge, right?

  • Am I Ok?

    Am I Ok?

    ★★½

    Sundance 2022 #14

    yeah, this was that middle-of-the-road, not-so-good, but not-too-bad film of the fest so far. cute in some parts, but frustrating in others, especially in the way it wants the characters to figure out stuff so quickly when in reality we don't really have to figure out anything. sonoya mizuno is great. dakota too of course. but the film is not special at all.

  • Call Jane

    Call Jane

    ★★½

    Sundance 2022 #13

    elizabeth banks and especially sigourney weaver are outstanding, but narratively, there seems to be something — perhaps even a lot — missing. no conflict or any interesting story to follow. it has great cast, interesting and important topics to cover, but ends up feeling like a complete missed opportunity. wrong character to focus on tbh..

  • Alice

    Alice

    ★★½

    Sundance 2022 #12

    compelling ideas to tackle, but tonally, the execution was a huge, giant mess. a bit too long on some parts that the others do not feel fleshed out enough. some script reworking here and there would make this better. keke palmer was phenomenal though.

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

    Cha Cha Real Smooth

    ★★★★½

    Sundance 2022 #11

    grinning, crying, smiling, laughing, cringing—feeling everything while watching cooper raiff's CHA CHA REAL SMOOTH. a sweet, relatable little film about how scary & painful & exhausting it is to keep growing up. overwhelmed right now with lots of emotions.

    fantastic performances from all the cast, but especially leslie mann. the little details—the pause, the head tilts—make you feel like you see right through inside her. wanna hug my mom right now so much because of this film. it's hard, growing up, but it'll be so much easier if people just care and be there for each other. we're all trying our best, after all.

  • Fresh

    Fresh

    ★★★½

    Sundance 2022 #10

    the most fun i had watching sundance this year so far! super entertaining (and sometimes funny!) despite a few miss here and there. modern dating horror at its finest.

  • Speak No Evil

    Speak No Evil

    ★★★

    Sundance 2022 #9

    gruesome, unforgiving, messed up. slowly built its tension to a shocking end. influenced heavily by haneke, but a bit lacking in narrative depth and emotions that it makes it hard to care for the characters. one scene in the end makes me wanna throw up. being too polite and too kind is not always a good thing i guess.