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  • Pavement Butterfly

    ★★★

  • Vaudeville

  • Jungle Fever

    ★★★

  • Rapture

    ★★★★

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  • Traffic in Souls

    Traffic in Souls

    ★★★

    I’ll never look at the International Purity and Reform League the same way again.

  • The Falconer

    The Falconer

    ★★★½

    In the wake of the Amy Cooper incident, this doc about an African-American man building a bird sanctuary feels especially vital. Growing up poor in DC, Rodney Stotts found solace in nature through the Conservancy Corps (well-documented in archival video and photos) and now trains at-risk youth in falconry. Stotts is a charismatic and vulnerable screen presence whose stories and daily rituals anchor the film, and the abundant footage of him interacting with birds and dogs is entirely captivating. Kaempfer's detailed…

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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.

  • Tomcat

    Tomcat

    ★★★★

    My idea of a horror film, in which a momentary impulse renders you forever unknowable. Klaus masterfully grounds the film in a quotidian contentment so meticulously conveyed that it never plays as the prelude to inevitable calamity (despite its Austrian roots), nor is it overwhelmed by metaphor. What occurs in that moment represents the breakdown of not only a steadfast bond but also identity and seemingly physics. Klaus understands that the inexplicable is uniquely terrifying and resists taking even the…