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  • The River

    The River

    ★★★★½

    Fun experiment: Imagine Larry David in the lead role.

  • The Descendants

    The Descendants

    ★★★½

    Double feature: Summer Hours

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  • The Apartment

    The Apartment

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    ‘Be a mensch’. If a single line defines ‘The Apartment’ – possibly Billy Wilder’s best, and one of my favourite films – then it’s this one. ‘Mensch’ comes from Yiddish, a language whose adoption in American cities only narrowly predates Hollywood’s adoption of Wilder, who had fled Europe and the Nazi threat. It means, as Dr. Dreyfus reminds us, ‘a human being’. Few films are as warm, as kind, or as human as this one, without sacrificing an awareness of…

  • Tropical Malady

    Tropical Malady

    ★★★★★

    A dog with a stomach full of tumours, being put to sleep.