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I knew American Honey was going to be a special gem when I first saw the trailer in June. In the midst of this year's blockbusters and action-packed movies, this flick took a more subtle route by telling a heartfelt rendition of a nontraditional American dream. Starring Shia LaBeouf and newcomer Sasha Lane, the movie displays the highs and lows of blissful teenage youth and dreamy escapism. It is triggering at some points, slightly naive, charming and is set to a wild soundtrack booming with trap bangers. And Shia’s acting, some of his best in a long time, also deserves an Oscar nod. —Bianca Gracie