20th Century Women
A nostalgic coming of age story is nothing new, but this one is superlative, populated with an amazing cast & boasting a great script.
Colossal is a genre-collision of surprising depth, a whimsical, darkly comic fantasy tale that turns into a dark character study and a bleak exploration of violence and cruelty.
I Am Not Your Negro
This ground-breaking documentary uses author James Baldwin as a lens to examine the Black experience in America and the insights are bracing, compelling and of the moment.
Adam Driver’s character is a poet-bus driver with a meticulously ordered life in this wry, witty, profound character study.
As a brilliant Kristen Stewart moves through the world of high fashion, this film movingly explores grief & isolation, but also doesn’t skimp on the ghost story frights and thrills.
As intense, punishing and harrowing a horror film as I’ve seen in years, this gruesome tale of a young woman coping with violent desires is an audacious debut with an astounding great lead performance.
Scorsese’s passion project about missionaries in 16th-century Japan is a thought-provoking, troubling, immersive meditation on faith, doubt, suffering and the state of the soul
A riotous farce, a heart-tugging drama and a beautiful character study of a father & daughter struggling to relate, Toni Erdmann is challenging, constantly surprising and a masterpiece.
The Wedding Plan
An Orthodox Jewish woman prays for God to provide her a husband in this masterful film that is both hilariously funny and surprisingly thoughtful in its exploration of faith and love.
Magical, beautifully animated anime starts as a body-switch comedy and then morphs into a bittersweet film about love, loss, fate and that nagging feeling that there’s something more.