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  • Los Olvidados

    Los Olvidados

    ★★★

    If we could lock poverty up instead of children.

    In an interview Guillermo del Toro did with Criterion for an ongoing series called "Adventures in Moviegoing", del Toro notes that Los Olvidados signaled a shift in Mexican cinema. It was a transformation of the "bucolic" into the "urban savagery" of Mexico City. del Toro's words are echoed in the "Crisis of Mexican Cinema" reading in which author Acevedo-Munoz writes that Buñuel harbored a distaste for the style and preoccupations of…

  • Lucky

    Lucky

    ★★★½

    Watching this today with a post-screening discussion with John Carroll Lynch was a pretty special experience for obvious reasons. The recent passing of the great Harry Dean Stanton hung like a ghost over the showing and, in a film so preoccupied with death and the acceptance of our own mortality, the connections to his passing were inevitable. Lynch takes us, in many ways, on a tour of Stanton's most lauded roles, sprinkling in bits of his past characters over his…

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  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★★½

    Don't feed me any more lines from Monsters Inc. It pisses me off.

    Full review coming to talkfilmsociety.com soon.

    But, Edgar Wright's latest is *AMAZING*. Half-music propelled heist film, half-Bonnie and Clyde-esque (kinda) love story. First scene alone cemented this as one of my favorites of the year and probably won't drop very far even by the end of the year.

    Bump this up to the top of your need-to-watch lists.

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

    Why are they here?

    Arrival is, in many ways, the exact story we need in this post-election climate. Whether your side won, lost, or never even had a chance, this past year has revealed a deep pain in this country. That pain isn't restricted to the left nor is it restricted to the right. So, Villeneuve's tale of unity and cooperation - unfortunately renamed from the far more apt and intimate title of its source material: Story of Your Life…