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  • Frank & Lola

    Frank & Lola 2016

    ★★★★ Watched 28 Nov, 2016

    Shannon and Poots are separated by more than a few years, but they’re evenly matched in this romantic thriller — they both invest their roles with an improvisational spirit, a sense that they’re capable of taking a scene to any nutty place. That’s a good fit for the story first-time writer/director Ross is telling here, which turns on a dime from boy-meets-girl into boy’s-jealousy-gets-the-best-of him-and-bad-things-happen. Ross manages to cultivate a tone where any of this might or might not be…

  • Jackie

    Jackie 2016

    ★★★★ Rewatched 03 Nov, 2016

    Larraín wisely chooses not to exhaustively dramatize her long, complicated life. Instead, we have another testament to the effectiveness of the snapshot biopic – films like 'Selma' and 'Lincoln,' in which we zoom in on a collapsed period of time to understand an important figure, rather than trying to smash their entire life into two-ish hours.


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  • Mistress America

    Mistress America 2015

    ★★★★½ Rewatched 24 Jul, 2015

    “In one instant, her behaviors turned from charming to borderline psychotic.” So notes Tracy (Kirke) of Brooke (Gerwig), the title character of Noah Baumbach’s latest chronicle of the bohemian facades and generational navigation in New York City. Free of much of the cynicism but none of the bite of last spring’s 'While We’re Young,' Baumbach and co-writer Gerwig’s screwball treat beautifully captures the way a slightly older, seemingly together mentor-type figure can first seem to be everything you hope to…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin 2013

    ★★★★ Watched 21 Mar, 2014

    A beautiful, bizarre, and occasionally troubling bit of abstract art-house sci-fi in the Beyond the Black Rainbow vein from director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth). Scarlett Johansson (who appears in just about every frame) plays a well-disguised alien creature who picks up men and devours them; some have dismissed the picture as an indie riff on Species, but if the narrative is derivative and a tad monotonous, there’s something intoxicating about the fluidity of Glazer’s striking images and the mood he manages to sustain throughout the peculiar tale.

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