The 18 Best Films of 2018

My picks of the litter in a particularly great year in film. 18. The Tale Jennifer Fox’s cinematic memoir is an unflinching investigation into the sexual abuse she endured as a child and later re-worked in her memory, until a childhood story resurfaced, throwing everything back into the light. A typically excellent Jennifer Dern acts…

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My Nominations for the 2019 Academy Awards

For most movie fans, the Oscars hold a certain masochistic fun. They are a large, diverse voting body that often represents both the best and worst aspects of the film community. (This is the same organization that gave Moonlight Best Picture in 2016, but years prior chose to award Crash over Brokeback Mountain.) It is…

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Support the Girls is warm, wonderful

Lisa starts off her day crying. She sits in her car, silent, and wipes the tears from beneath her eyes before they can fall down her face. Even in privacy, she keeps up appearances. Lisa (a terrific Regina Hall) is the general manager of Double Whammies, a Hooters-type “family” restaurant where “big ass” is a…

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