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  • The Ascent
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Sound of the Mountain
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  • Lotus

    ★★★½

  • Candyman

    ★★★

  • General Della Rovere

    ★★★

  • Careful

    ★★★

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  • Lotus

    Lotus

    ★★★½

    If this were a US indie, it would be fairly indistinguishable from a lot of low-budget dramas about aimless twenty-somethings having difficulty fitting in or finding their way in life. But it's a Chinese film, and somehow this feelings feels that much more interesting and non-conformist, given the society our eponymous lead character is constantly trying to get away from -- schools that would prefer she teaches the curriculum and ensure the students get the best grades possible, rather than…

  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★★★

    If I can take anything from the critics I trust on the subjects I can't really speak to myself (and in this case that might be Angelica Jade Bastién) it's that this remake of a seminal 1992 horror film (that I haven't seen) is made with white viewers in mind. And as one of those, I quite liked it, while acknowledging it does have its flaws, though I really liked Nia DaCosta's first film and it's possible to track some…

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  • Urban Rashomon

    Urban Rashomon

    ★★★½

    It seems to me that a lot of photographer/director Khalik Allah's work is about the ethics of documenting poverty. In this short piece we see him capturing images of a street person called Frenchie, while the director reflects in voiceover about his borderline exploitative relationship with his subject. It's a film of beautiful images but also is very upfront about the ways in which representation is manipulation and exploitation, which is refreshing.

  • Vice

    Vice

    ★½

    In some ways, when I watch something like Vice (or indeed, writer/director Adam McKay's last film The Big Short), I think of David O. Russell's American Hustle or even the flashier Martin Scorsese of, say, Wolf of Wall Street, both of which films I broadly liked (although I'm cooling on the Russell over time). I think there's a lot of common ground, as comedic renderings of modern society in all its gaudiness and compromised politics, and perhaps there's a fine…