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10. Hearts Beat Loud
Cleanse your palate with director Brett Haley’s feel-good father-daughter drama, about old doors being shut, and new ones being opened. Nick Offerman plays a widower who runs a failing record shop, but realizes that his fluctuating bond with his teenage daughter, played by Kiersey Clemons, is more important than everything else. Filled with moments of quiet profundity and a foot-tapping soundtrack, Hearts Beat Loud is a welcome bit of niceness in what has been a horrible year, generally speaking.
Even director Ari Aster was surprised by how polarised the reactions to his debut feature were. “I knew it was going to be divisive in many respects,” he told Huffington Post, “but I’ll admit that I’ve been surprised by just how deeply some viewers hate the thing.” And yes, it takes barely a minute to understand that Hereditary isn’t not going to please anyone, but that’s sort of the point. It isn’t in the business of pandering to the audience. It respects you too much to do that. But if you’re the sort of person who adores films like The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby, Hereditary can be a delightfully disturbing experience.