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  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★½

    "Terrence Malick is the common man’s filmmaker. His films posit the universe as a shared space, a place trodden by memory. He takes the psychic, metaphysical quandaries embedded in the human experience and crafts films around them. As an artist of the phenomenal­, Malick plays moments not in their time in space (as to force a coherent narrative) but like memories unfolding unto memories. His operative cinematic inquiry seems to be: how would the earth herself retell human history? Queue…

  • La Ronde

    La Ronde

    My first Ophuls, La Ronde is a delightfully profane and tender work. Love dissected; the vignette as amorous syntax; seeing only what you should—or only what you choose to; turn, turn, turn, persons orbit yet never align. A tale of casual contagion whose Author acts on divine whim instead of benevolent sovereignty. Vienna in 1900, sure. And love is a totem to pass hands, sleightly. Ending where we started, we return our costumes and masks and are left with no…

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  • Inside Llewyn Davis

    Inside Llewyn Davis

    ★★★★★

    With INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS the brothers have created something truly special.

    Llewyn Davis is such a broken human, all too frighteningly familiar. Oscar Isaac is spectacular as the protagonist, giving a performance firmly solidified by how he intermingles the beauty of his voice with the brokenness in his heart. Each of his performances are driven by Llewyn's desire to be a successful musician but are under-girded by the searing pain of loss. And he's surrounded by such a dense palette…

  • White Girl

    White Girl

    ★★★★

    "Noah Baumbach’s New York City is a land of optimistic self-discovery. Elizabeth Woods’ interpretation is an unrelenting fever-dream of repercussions for every action. Her debut feature narrative White Girl digs out the life-affirming joviality of the millennial, Swiftian (Taylor, that is) NYC and shoves it – scalped and maimed – through the meat grinder of Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets and Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky. It’s not a safe world we live in, children.

    Be warned: this film is not…