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  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★½

    A gorgeous tribute to dogs, Akira Kurosawa, and the tricky power dynamics behind translation. The film follows some of the many dogs banished to a refuse island following an increasingly authoritarian dystopian retro-futuristic Japan ban dogs from the mainland. The dogs assist a young boy searching for his own canine companion while political tension mounts back in Japan proper.

    Anderson’s decision not to subtitle the Japanese speakers is fascinating. The film’s title card confers that dog’s barks have been translated…

  • Kedi

    Kedi

    ★★★★

    A Turkish documentary about the many cats (nominally stray) that inhabit Istanbul. The film mainly covers seven cats, focusing on their distinct personalities and the humans that interact with them the most.

    There’s plenty of direct interview and voiceover with these people, but often the film simply follows the cats themselves, an impressive specially-constructed filming rig enabling “Kedi” to follow the cats on their level down on the street.

    There’s plenty of meat in how and why the humans interact…

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★½

    This film should not exist.

    It is a three-hour relentlessly gloomy epic about a murderous, deranged Batman trying to kill a depressed Superman. It’s utterly bizarre the film exists in the form it came in. A $250 million US dollar budget went to a film about a pop culture figure, beloved by children worldwide, earnestly trying to murder the embodiment of “truth, justice, and the American way”. The film had tie-in toys, cereals, snacks, as if everything was normal, business…

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Avengers: Infinity War

    ★★★½

    “Avengers: Infinity War” is a strange film to really consider. More sequel to “Thor: Ragnorak” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” than its titular predecessors, it’s a significant juggling act of nearly all the principal characters Marvel Studios have built films around for the last ten years. The division of screentime for the glut of characters isn’t always intuitive - one of the five Guardians of the Galaxy getting vastly more screentime and dialogue than multiple of the titular…