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The Sparks Brothers will thrill distinguished tastes, then suffer for the next 20 years

The Sparks Brothers is one of my favorite films of 2021. That’s a very short list, but I appreciate any year that causes a music documentary to be released in the summer. This film also marks my...

9.9 Amazing
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The Djinn makes wish fulfillment horror great again (2021)

The Djinn is one of the fastest moving horror movies I’ve seen in the last five years. Playing almost like an extended episode of a horror anthology, this film strikes that perfect balance betwe...

8 Great
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Nomadland (2020): Life in a Poop Bucket

Nomadland is considered by many to be the odds-on Oscar favorite for the top prizes. To that I say, don’t discount the sheer volume of older voters that were put off by McDormand’s tantrum...

8.1 Great
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The Father (2020): Mental Aging Horrors Clout

The Father is the most passively complex film of the past year. Playing carefully with the nature of location and memory, director Zeller takes us into the wilds of dementia. Seeing how so much of the...

8 Great
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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021): Black Panther Snyder Cut

Judas and the Black Messiah has one of the best scripts of 2020. But, many will not understand why for years to come. In a year where the mechanics of oppression are being studied in our streets and o...

8 Great
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Promising Young Woman (2020): Jezebel Fan-Fic Long Form Winner

Promising Young Woman is the perfect film that exists in the minds of imperfect people trying to make sense of the world. Many detractors are quick to slap them with the SJW brush, but I think it goes...

8.9 Great
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Minari (2020) [Best of 2020 Movie Review]

Minari was my favorite film of 2020. Over the last few months, there was a ton of other films that came close. But, there is something to this little drama that could that spoke to me. While everyone ...

10 Perfect
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Sound of Metal (2020): Deaf Boy Temptation

Sound of Metal is all about curing your greatest tragedy at the cost of a community. When we first meet Riz Ahmed and Olivia Cooke’s characters, it’s easy to get distracted by their music....

9.9 Amazing
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020): Oscar Embarrassment

The Trial of the Chicago 7 is further proof that we should bury Sorkin next to Chayefsky until we get The Social Network II. Younger people will cringe at elements of this film, while boomers will str...

8.1 Great

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