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Acasa, My Home (2020)

Acasa is one of those rare films that raises difficult questions, and never promises any answers, if the answers even exist at all.

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Music flows through Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom like a conduit, conducting the passion, pain, and pride of all the characters who play it.

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Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
Two and Half Stars

Ultimately, the story never attains the dramatic lift for which it aspires, and the result is a movie that rings surprisingly hollow.

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David Byrne’s American Utopia (2020)
Five Stars

American Utopia was the perfect end to a lousy day. Byrne’s music felt like rain–rinsing, cleansing, healing.

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Soul (2020)

Soul is a really, really good film. It’s ambitious without being pretentious.

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The Midnight Sky (2020)

The terror of where we are adds a frightening subtext to this cautionary tale of where we might be headed.

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Wonder Woman 1984
Two and Half Stars

All this extra huffing and puffing somehow leads to diminishing returns–more hiking for less mountain.

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Tenet (2020)

It’s bound to provoke passionately polarized responses, replete with credible arguments that this might be either the best or worst thing Nolan has ever done.

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Ammonite (2020)

If you can manage this ebb and flow of narrative energy, Ammonite will reward you with a compelling drama.

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Fatman (2020)

The filmmakers are clearly aiming for clever and edgy.  Still, it would’ve been nice to feel something for anybody in this entire movie.

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