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  • The Night Eats the World
  • Something Different
  • Beauty and the Dogs
  • Knife+Heart

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  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★

  • Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

  • Minyan

    ★★★★½

  • Kapana

    ★★½

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  • C'mon C'mon

    C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★

    Maybe Mills’ most generous film yet, its story taps into some deeply sentimental emotions about sibling bonds, dealing with mental illness, and raising kids. It risks being treacly, but the dialogue retains a certain toughness and, even more, he crafts it into a grounded setting. 

    Surrounding the main story and giving it life are interviews with real kids talking about the future. Phoenix’s character is an NPR documentarian (the director thanks Ira Glass in the closing credits), and the kids’…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

    My first Hamaguchi film left me with a lump in my throat. It seems like a drama until secrets start to reveal, and you realize it was a mystery all along. 

    The mysteries are mostly of the human heart: what is and isn’t knowable in ourselves and in those we love, how what seems like contradiction is actually complexity, how we’re all capable of things we can barely admit. 

    It’s also about storytelling, particularly the rehearsals for Uncle Vanya (a…

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  • The Surrogate

    The Surrogate

    ★★★★½

    Jasmine Batchelor reminded me of Sally Hawkins in Happy-Go-Lucky through much of this movie. Her Jess remains breezily optimistic through circumstances that have those around her folding into themselves, and the movie functions partly as a morality tale, at least for me, as I found myself wanting to approach life more like she does. As her options narrow, her fierce fighting side emerges; so do some insecurities. It’s a tremendous feature debut. 

    The movie around her is layered with complicated…

  • Rosemary's Baby

    Rosemary's Baby

    ★★½

    Clearly this wasn’t going to match the 1968 adaptation. Its director, Agnieszka Holland, has made some pictures — the haunting, now-unavailable Olivier, Olivier, the recent, harsh Spoor among them — that have so much intelligence and thematic richness that it seemed worth a shot. Oh well. 

    It’s not terrible. Some sequences are tense and well crafted. The script makes some updates in an attempt to ground it in reality, and sure, it makes more sense that the Castavets would be…