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  • This Is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection
  • First Cow
  • Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Roma

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  • Hit the Road

    ★★★★½

  • Dancer in the Dark

  • Lux Æterna

    ★★★

  • Casino

    ★★★★½

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  • First Cow

    First Cow

    THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY

    The first word that come to mind when considering director Kelly Reichardt’s marvelous new frontier drama 'First Cow' is *nice*. It is a gentle, unhurried story about a pair of mostly decent people whose loftiest ambition is to carve out a modestly comfortable niche for themselves by touting life’s simple pleasures. This makes 'First Cow' something of an outlier in Reichardt’s work. Even in the filmmaker’s more superficially placid works, an exhausting angst is…

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  • Hit the Road

    Hit the Road

    LOST IN TRANSIT

    Like many great road movies, Panah Panahi’s quirky, bittersweet directorial debut, 'Hit the Road', is a story about people who are stuck. This is true in the literal sense: The characters comprise an unnamed family of four who are traversing the backroads of northwestern Iran’s scenic Armenian ridgelands in a dusty SUV. As anyone who has been crammed into a vehicle with their relations for an extended period can attest, such close quarters provide an unfortunately opportune…

  • Dancer in the Dark

    Dancer in the Dark

    New Line DVD

    "Why do they start to sing and dance all of a sudden?"

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  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    Godzilla: King of the Monsters

    If Jet Jaguar isn’t in this, I riot.

  • The Requin

    The Requin

    Amazon Prime

    IT’S ABOUT TRAUMA.

    I watch a lot of truly terrible direct-to-VOD films, mostly horror and thrillers, and 95% of the time it's just a miserable slog. At best, it's something to put on while you're doing something else, like folding laundry or clipping your toenails. Occasionally, however, there's something so transfixing about a film's terribleness that it actually ends up being entertaining kitsch, rather than merely a bad movie that wastes your time.

    Such is the case with…