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Perfect Days

Perfect Days is a balm for the soul: clearing carried-over pessimism, reminding audiences of how astounding life can be, not shaming solitary lifestyles but also suggesting that our hearts should be open to the communities around us.  All of these epiphanies orbiting around the routine of public washroom cleaner Hirayama (Kôji Yakusho, who won Best Actor at last year’s Cannes Film Festival for his introverted performance).

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Eileen

Thomasin McKenzie (Old) and Anne Hathaway (rebounding from She Came to Me) are conflicted cohorts in William Oldroyd’s Eileen, a low-key chiller that slowly draws in the viewer despite the film itself not being much of a mindblower.

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The Royal Hotel

News of Kitty Green’s The Royal Hotel had me excited.  Previously impressing me with her strengths as a documentarian with Ukraine Is Not a Brothel, Green would be drawing inspiration from another documentary that I really admired – 2016’s Hotel Coolgardie.

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Dumb Money

Dumb Money is supposed to educate viewers on how the stock market was overturned by amateur buyers who invested in the video store retailer GameStop, causing a disruption felt by Wall Street.  The film is informative, though viewers are still required to know the basics of stock market culture before buying a ticket.  However, what I find more interesting than the biographical intentions of Dumb Money is that director Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya) has made…

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It Lives Inside

Horror movies often have an allegorical thread within them and, currently, it’s hard to spot a story in one of these spooky flicks that doesn’t also double for another, deeper meaning.  While the efforts are usually appreciated when filmmakers try to push themselves, sometimes their movies are simply too good at fulfilling the broader strokes.  Such is the case for Bishal Dutta’s It Lives Inside.

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Golda

Golda kicks off a season of “Oscar bait”, movies that try very hard to make an impression towards the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  As much as Guy Nattiv’s film may have been conceived from a good place, with the movie’s heavy use of make-up and prosthetics to transform Oscar-winner Helen Mirren into Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, it’s hard for viewers to dismiss this possible pandering.

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Something You Said Last Night

Thematic crossovers and shared stories are bound to happen when so many movies are being released close together;  these flukes are not uncommon.  While it’s easy for movie goers to gripe about déjà vu, it’s hard to complain when the separate works are good in their own right.

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How to Blow Up a Pipeline

There’s a purposeful lack of characterization in How to Blow Up a Pipeline because the story is built off of shared passion and mutual frustration between a team of amateur environmental activists/eco-terrorists who are tired of waiting for a difference to be made.  They’ve been pushed to their limits after being promised that a change is approaching.  How to Blow Up a Pipeline is a very angry movie, and it’s also one of the best…