Eighth Grade has distilled the essence of what it’s like to be a teenager, with its painful awkwardness but also with tenderness and love.
Shoplifters focuses its observant gaze on an accidental family, living on the fringes of society, around us but unseen by us.
Into the Spider-Verse is a breakthrough in style and imagination, the most fun you’ll have at the theater this year.
Blindspotting is a total experience. When it often seems like the studios bankroll only sequels, remakes and reboots, it is a breath of fresh air to see talented artists blazing their own path to do something new and bold.
Thunder Road is heartbreaking in all the best ways, it is brutally honest, and it is compassionate. It is a frontal attack on the ideal of masculinity that doesn’t leave any room for vulnerability. It is a hand held out to those who are hurting.
The Lady Eve never gets old, it never loses steam, it never misses a beat. It is the perfect comedy, one that proves that you can indeed have it all.
The very first scenes of Burning seem to set the course for a conventional love story, only to pull the rug from under our feet afterwards.
You owe it to yourself to see Short Term 12. The world gains empathy and understanding every time someone watches it for the first time. It is that rare perfect film –perfect just the way it is– that looks at people with piercing clarity and boundless compassion at the same time.
What a delight, what a rare privilege, to see a work of art so full to the brim with talent. This is a movie that knows how to find the cosmic in the commonplace, the monumental in the smallest interactions. It is a tragedy, but it is also, simply, life.
Hereditary will methodically target your deepest insecurities, your most primal fears, undermine whatever defenses you’ve built around them, and then ravage them with chilling ruthlessness.