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Pawel Pawlikowski made two staggering masterpieces in the last decade, both expressively black-and-white, both devastatingly taut. First was "Ida," then came "Cold War." It's a stunning back-to-back. The two films, so austere yet so expressive, feel like they come from another time. Choosing one isn't fair but I gravitate more to the "Cold War" for the sensual performances of Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot as lovers brought together and torn apart in postwar Poland. It's a romantic and bleak portrait of love and art under totalitarianism. — Coyle

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Coyle: "First Reformed." Chiseled out of a lifetime of doubt, Paul Schrader's late-in-life masterpiece throbs with an existential despair that has hardened into a taut and tormented religious drama. It's a culmination for Schrader— an anguished bookend to "Taxi Driver," which he wrote — about a priest (a never-better Ethan Hawke) in desperate search for grace.

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Firstly, it samples Justin Timberlake's masterpiece, "Set the Mood (Prelude)/Until the End of Time." Secondly, SZA is singing vulnerable lyrics about sharing her man with another woman, or women (dating is a struggle, people!) And thirdly, SZA paints the picture vividly with her crisp vocals matched to a smooth beat. This is storytelling. It's also creative, realistic and addictive. I listened to it Monday through Friday, and on the weekends.

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It may seem odd to describe an 18-hour Ken Burns docuseries as a crash course, but this heartbreaking, insightful masterpiece moves quickly as it tracks every step of a disastrous military misadventure that still haunts the nation, and, judging from the country's ongoing involvement in Iraq, seems to have taught the nation little. It's an essential TV event for everyone who lived through the Vietnam era, and especially for those who have come along since.

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