'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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'The Invitation' (2015) by Karyn Kusama

Vibe: Chilling and uncomfortable. At the beginning of the film, Will (Logan Marshall-Green) and his girlfriend, Kira (Emayatzy Corinealdi), hit a coyote on the way to a dinner party at his ex-wife's house. With this first ominous note, the film unfolds and leaves viewers on edge up until the final…

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'American Psycho' (2000) by Mary Harron

Vibe: As creepily cold and controlled as Patrick Bateman. This film is not one I enjoyed watching and probably will never watch again unless I need to write about it. I definitely recommend watching it, but if your taste in film is similar to mine, once is probably enough for…

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