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  • No Country for Old Men
  • In Bruges
  • Calvary
  • Arrival

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  • Mulan

    ★★★½

  • Pig

    ★★★★

  • The Father

    ★★★★

  • Never Let Me Go

    ★★★★½

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  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★★½

    Mulan's premise is simple: to be a courageous, faithful person is worthy of the utmost honor—it is what counts, regardless of one's gender or worthiness in the eyes of the world, which are not the things that give a person his or her value in the first place.

    The body of this movie feels a bit thin upon a rewatch, but on the whole it remains a fun and touching experience all the same.

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★

    Michael Sarnoski's Pig is a simple piece of storytelling in many ways, but the story it tells repeatedly subverts your expectations in such a way that your interest is not likely to waver, whether you resonate with the film's ending or not. It could always say more, but it always says enough.

    And in the end, Pig is content to reflect on the contention that we as people have lost something precious to the extent that we have traded attentive…

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  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★½

    Tenet feels like Christopher Nolan's attempt at making a James Bond film. Accordingly, Tenet wowed me visually; its music was excellent; and its editing was exceptional. Thematically and on an emotional level, however, it left me wanting.

    Perhaps most notably, Tenet's characters are not particularly interesting or compelling. John David Washington plays “The Protagonist” (this is his character's actual listed name in the credits) and does a solid job. Similarly, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, and Kenneth Branagh deliver admirably in…

  • Black Is King

    Black Is King

    ★★★★

    Beyoncé Knowles' Black Is King is an impressive amalgamation of sounds and images. Its many parts are woven together with such obvious care and intention that the final product demands attentive engagement and a thoughtful response.

    The way in which Black Is King follows the general trajectory of The Lion King story while simultaneously using it as a vehicle to explore themes such as African history and culture, blackness in America, and the dignity and value of black embodiment is…