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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★

    Made me nostalgic for my days spent watching other people play video games.

    Also I will be granting full control of my VR world to the person who can determine the significance of me wearing Skatetown, U.S.A. socks to a screening of The Turin Horse on December 3, 2011.

  • The Task

    The Task

    ★★★★

    A brilliant microcosm of the world: a diverse group of humans struggling to pierce through an atmosphere thick with confusion and projection. But they also can't help but contribute to it, bound by their own subjectivity and inadequate understanding of others'. The theme of the conference—"to examine one's behavior in the here and now"—is so vague that it inevitably leads to people saying whatever. It is designed to encourage introspection, but it instills too much conviction in each participant's own…

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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…