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  • Wonderstruck

    Wonderstruck

    ★★

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  • The Philadelphia Story

    The Philadelphia Story

    ★★★

    A film that mistakes abundant description of characters for rich characterization, most egregiously when Father Lord blames his infidelity on Tracy for failing to uphold her duty to gaze upon Dad with a youthful glint. "I'm talking seriously about something I've thought over thoroughly." You're unlikely to find a more dignified or less examined expression of incestuous fantasy.

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  • Stop the Pounding Heart

    Stop the Pounding Heart

    ★★

    Further proof that it is impossible to come of age without running your hand along a fence in shallow focus.

  • Kate Plays Christine

    Kate Plays Christine

    ★★½

    Robert Greene's last two films have had great potential, examining the idea of performance that's intrinsic to documentary yet rarely acknowledged. But they are ultimately too airtight conceptually to allow any breathing room. There is no sense of inquiry or discovery—the themes have been predetermined, Greene's theoretical conceits bolstered by foreknowledge of how his subjects will behave—leaving the footage itself to be rather inconsequential, content to invite discussion without directing it in any meaningful way.

    Faced with the inevitable audience…