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“Nomadland,” 2021, directed by Chloé Zhao – 4.5/5 stars  In the hands of a different director, “Nomadland” could have been very boring. On paper, the film is uneventful and slowly meanders from one depressing set piece to another. “Nomadland” isn’t boring, though, nor does it revel too long in its misery. Thanks to beautiful cinematography,

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“Malcolm & Marie,” 2021, directed by Sam Levinson — 2.5/5 Stars  After the success of writer and director Sam Levinson’s HBO series “Euphoria,” expectations for “Malcolm & Marie” were high. Written with stars Zendaya and John David Washington in mind and produced in association with Netflix, the new film was set to be a proving

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“Dick Johnson is Dead,” 2020, directed by Kirsten Johnson — 4/5 Stars  Kirsten Johnson first made waves in the documentary filmmaking world with “Cameraperson” in 2016, a complex and moving collection of footage that posed questions about war, impermanence and trauma. For the past four years since, Johnson’s work was not present at film festivals

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“Soul,” 2020, directed by Pete Docter and Kemp Powers – 4/5 Stars  Since the release of “Toy Story” in 1995, Pixar has pushed the limits of what storytelling in animation can do for children and families. From “Up” to “WALL-E” to the third installment in the “Toy Story” franchise, Pixar’s films have covered surprisingly mature

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“Borat Subsequent Moviefim,” 2020, directed by Jason Woliner — 3.5/5 Stars The first “Borat” was shocking and over-the-top. Sacha Baron Cohen’s unscripted, part-real, part-mockumentary film left audiences slack-jawed, stunned and hungry for more. Despite the attention it got, the movie’s sheer vulgarity may have skewed its intended message of mocking American stupidity and xenophobia. Those

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