'Mudbound' (2017) by Dee Rees

Vibe: Emotionally taxing, but not defeatist. Poetic, beautiful, and novelistic, which isnt surprising since it's based on Hillary Jordan's 2008 book by the same name. At the beginning of the film, we see Laura McAllan (Carey Mulligan) slog through the mud with her two children as we hear her thoughts…

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'Lady Bird' (2017) by Greta Gerwig

Vibe: All the best and worst parts of high school in 90 minutes. If you aren't familiar with Greta Gerwig and only read the synopsis or watched the trailer, you might think this is just another coming-of-age teen movie. Parties, sexual exploration, senior prom, leaving home for the first time,…

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