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  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★

    Makenzie: "My mom says that you’re homeless. Is that true?"
    Fern: "No, I’m not homeless. I’m just houseless. Not the same thing, right?"
    Makenzie: "No."

    Nomadland is a surprisingly balanced look at the van living, nomadic life within America. It is hauntingly beautiful, beguiling and poetic while not sugar coating a difficult lifestyle.

    Frances McDormand has become a legend. From her debut in Blood Simple to her iconic role in Fargo to her latest gritty, down-to-earth performance in Nomadland, she…

  • Saint Maud

    Saint Maud

    ★★★★½

    Unsettling. Superb. Mesmerizing.

    Rose Glass's phenomenal directorial debut puts her in league with just a handful of modern day horror auteurs.

    Glass's Saint Maud is nearly flawless --the simplicity of the plot / cinematography and the outstanding acting all come together with a soundtrack that ties it perfectly together.

    Saint Maud is a simple story -- Maud is a very Catholic caregiver to Amanda, a non-believing terminally ill dancer, and Maud thinks she can save Amanda's soul.

    The camera work…

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  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier

    ★★★★½

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

    MCU 2021 Marathon

    MCU #9: Masterfully choreographed.

    The first Russo brothers MCU movie and the thing that stands out the most to me are the fight scenes (on the ship, the elevator, the heli-pad -- some of the most visceral brawls I've ever scene outside of a John Wick movie. Oh,and they also do car chases REALLY well.

    The slightly flirtatious banter between Rogers and Natasha FINALLY teased some backstory on Black Widow, but what struck me the most is…

  • Sator

    Sator

    ★★★½

    I would think a common problem most new horror filmmakers have is that their movies will very likely be compared to iconic films that clearly influenced their style.

    That's not necessarily a bad thing if the result is a solid film.

    With major vibes of The Witch, It Comes at Night, The Ritual and probably others I'm forgetting, Sator is an atmospheric slow-burn that effectively offers very creepy shots and sounds that mostly keep your interest.

    Unfortunately the focus on…

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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    I can't remember watching a family drama as heartfelt and poignant as Minari. Told mostly from the perspective of the very young David, it offers audience an intimate view into the life of an immigrant family trying to make their life work in America.

    Thankfully, the movie avoids the stereotypes of intolerance and instead embraces multiculturalism and humanity, a huge relief as we (speaking as an American) put the last 4+ horrendous years behind us.

    The acting across the board…

  • Iron Man 3

    Iron Man 3

    ★★★★

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

    MCU 2021 Marathon

    MCU #7: "And You’ll Never See Me Coming."  The Mandarin

    I wonder if this was originally supposed to be Robert Downey Jr's swan song. An action/comedy reunion with Shane Black from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and an arc that implies he's hung up (er, I mean, blown up) his suit(s) for good.

    Iron Man 3 mostly nails all the elements of a funhouse ride of a CBM/MCU movie.

    As usual, the most enjoyable part of the movie…