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  • Citizen K

    Citizen K

    ★★★★

    It's over two hours long but feels shorter. A great documentary about the oligarch sent to jail by Putin's administration, released on the eve of the Sochi Olympics and spurred on to work with anti-Putin movements across Europe. Even more, it is a film about a country moving from communism to capitalism, from Jeltsin to Putin, and from (almost) demoracy to practically dictatorship.

  • The Kingmaker

    The Kingmaker

    ★★★★

    A marvelous documentary about truths and lies and greed and the political history that brought Rodrigo Duterte to power.

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  • Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

    ★★★

    I might still add or redact a star, because I simply can’t wrap my head around this one. There’s a lot to love here – a breezy L.A. atmosphere with some sinister end-of-an-era undertones, gorgeous cinematography, a historically hyper-aware vision of Hollywood, awesome performances by DiCaprio, Pitt and, especially, Robbie – but it’s also quite long and lacking a clear direction in a way I didn’t always care for. The finale is 5/5 filmmaking and left me almost in tears.

  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    A masterpiece about looking, fear, and forbidden love. One of the most powerful things I’ve experienced in a theater.