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  • Grass

    Grass

    ★★★★

    Hong is in his sad period and I like it a lot.

  • Isle of Dogs

    Isle of Dogs

    ★★★★

    Full review on MUBI: mubi.com/notebook/posts/berlinale-2018-wes-anderson-animates-man-s-best-friend

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    I can’t think of a film having more fun with itself. Anderson revels in the level of control that stop-motion affords him and is particularly inspired here, seeming to never run out of ideas. The staples of his style—its preciseness, the symmetry, center-framing, et cetera—are all easy things to pick on but barely describe his creativity with composition and building sequences. In fact, he hardly repeats himself. Graphically varied and expressive with a rapid…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★½

    Remind me not to make a superhero movie. This is the most admirable effort to make a personal movie within the Marvel Studios machine. Lots to like, at least on paper, especially regarding what Coogler is doing with Jordan's character and the bold political choices that surround it. At best though, there are only sketches of good ideas and Marvel claims another victim.

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★★

    35mm, Lightbox, best screening of life