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  • Magnolia
  • The Tree of Life
  • Mulholland Drive
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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  • Breathless

    ★★★★★

  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★

  • Deep Red

    ★★★★★

  • The French Dispatch

    ★★½

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  • Breathless

    Breathless

    ★★★★★

    Everything a narrative film is, Breathless is the exact opposite thanks to its innovative use of jump cuts, fourth-wall breaks and a distilling critique of the late Jean-Paul Belmondo's wannabe tough-guy. There may not be much to attach to as far as characters go, but that allows Godard's main ideas about cinema's power to be at the forefront of its thesis. To the iconic French New Wave director, movies are just movies, and his first one strips itself down to…

  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★

    Mike Mills' newest film tries to juggle too much structurally as it goes in and out of documentary-style interviews and essays that Johnny reads via voiceover as well as the narrative, but Joaquin Phoenix's affecting performance and chemistry with Woody Norman keep it engaging. The film also boasts an amazing soundtrack in addition to gorgeous B&W cinematography, while the script crafts relatable characters and depicts the stresses and the pleasantries of parenthood with beauty and poignance.

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  • The French Dispatch

    The French Dispatch

    ★★½

    Better than expected, but that’s not saying a lot. As much as there is to like about the cinematography, the score and the practical, almost silent movie-style production design, the story is pretty dull and the script’s dry sense of humor never lands. On that note, this critic was often left wishing the movie was a silent film. That way, Wes Anderson’s schtick would be more tolerable.

  • The Harder They Fall

    The Harder They Fall

    ★★★★½

    The Harder They Fall is the shot in the arm that the Western genre’s needed since the last decade. The world building of Jaymes Samuel’s directorial debut is simply incredible in giving the province of Redwood City and the towns that surround it a brash, dangerous personality, while the characters based on obscure real-life African-American Old West figures are written with captivating fire and strength, and portrayed with infectious charisma and nuanced power from the entire ensemble cast. Samuel’s direction…