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  • Manifesto

    Manifesto

    ★★★

    A recitation of different manifestos, all delivered by Cate Blanchett, who plays a dozen different parts. Purposefully or not, director Julian Rosefeldt shows a manifesto for what it is: a time-stamped, (mostly) egotistical spouting of BS. Time and again, as Rosefeldt has Blanchett in different ‘normal’ scenes (newscaster, ballet choreographer, homeless man, newscaster, etc.), it only highlights the artificiality of the philosophies. With no real plot, the only thing is to watch Blanchett in her different roles and accents, and…

  • The Old Guard

    The Old Guard

    ★★★½

    The old trope of immortality with its blessing and curse are the topic of this action film. Andy (Charlize Theron) leads a group of soldiers who look to make the world a little better, but can you when violence is your trade? Throw in an interested intelligence man (Chiwetal Ejifor), a new ‘recruit’ Nile (Kiki Layne) and the assorted bad guys and you’re off on a standard, but largely enjoyable path. Theron and Layne are the stars here and it…

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  • Pierrot le Fou

    Pierrot le Fou

    ★★★★

    “Pierrot?”  
    “My name is Ferdinand.  What?”

    A surreal film noir that generally forgets that it is film noir.  Until it doesn’t and packs in that plot in hyper-speed sequences.  This is a strange one from Jean Luc Godard, but mostly in an enjoyable way.  It helps tremendously that stars Anna Karina and Jean Paul Belmondo are game and super charismatic; it might have been a disaster otherwise.  To talk plot is beside the point, and there are some quite…

  • Off Limits

    Off Limits

    ★★★

    Perkins (Gregory Hines) and McGriff (Willem Dafoe) are military police in Saigon, 1968.  Investigating a murdered prostitute leads to heavy duty suspects and pressure coming from all sides.  Although not the buddy cop film from the 80’s that first comes to mind, Dafoe and Hines play well together here, even when the script doesn’t do them any favors.  There’s definitely some weird contradictions here.  A foot chase at the front end is impressive, while a car chase later on is…