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  • Shadow of a Doubt
  • The Bridges of Madison County
  • All the President's Men
  • Zero Effect

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  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★½

  • Belfast

    ★★★

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

  • Procession

    ★★★½

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  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★½

    When I was 28, I lived in Portland, Oregon for a year, working on a U.S. Senate campaign. I didn't know anyone in town, so I ended up rooming with a guy who worked on the Obama campaign. He seemed like a nice enough guy, but we were both working a lot and socializing with our respective campaigns, so we didn't see each other all that much. After a few months, I realized I'd never had a proper conversation with…

  • Breakdown

    Breakdown

    ★★★★

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

    I grew up in the suburbs in a house filled with women. There were very few adult men around. I never learned much about cars. In fact, my wife, who grew up in rural Iowa, knows way more about them than me. Even now, when I know I'm going to have to go to the mechanic, I get anxiety just thinking about how little I know, what that mechanic will think of me, and and whether or not I should…

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  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★½

    The films of Mike Mills make me feel like I'm broken inside. I enjoy spending time with them, but I just can't love them the way they need to be loved.

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★★

    The lens of nostalgia flattens everything. That's both the film's central conceit and its fundamental flaw.

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  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★★½

    The only reason tear-jerkers are considered low art is because we are all broken inside.

  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★★★½

    It's hard to watch The French Dispatch and not think of his critics and how misguided they are. This is not an artist too fixated on details, too in love with his own craft at the expense of his humanity. It's an artist who believes profoundly in craft as an expression of love, compassion, forgiveness, and all that matters in the world. The French Dispatch is probably his masterpiece.