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  • News from Home

    News from Home

    ★★★★½

    A simple idea, but for Akerman she manages to create extraordinary work out of the ordinary. She blends together long takes of life in New York City with her reading letters from her mother from time to time. The documenting of the streets and subways of New York alone is fascinating. Combining with the letters from her mother pleading for her to write back back or to let her know if she received the money she sent turn it into another blend of formalism and intimate details that Akerman brilliantly explores.

  • The Tale

    The Tale

    ★★★★½

    A brilliant and autobiographical look at abuse and memory and the fragility of how we see ourselves. It's challenging to watch at times but the story is told with a deep empathy which makes the material deeply moving as our perspective changes. Remarkable filmmaking and a fascinating reworking of ideas that would not work as well in the hands of a lesser filmmaker. Jennifer Fox brings her documentary experience to bear on the project to create a film that is horrifying, but an honest and powerful.

  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    An amazing short film that I love with a mixture of whimsy and darkness. It's funny and sad because it touches on so many recognizable themes in a strange and wonderful way.

  • Brasilia: City of the Future

    Brasilia: City of the Future

    ★★★★

    A strange and funny short film that feels like an artifact of the past and perfectly channels Reggie Watts' idiosyncratic sensibility.

  • Leave No Trace

    Leave No Trace

    ★★★★

    Where Winter's Bone was tightly-plotted and filled with dread, Leave No Trace takes a more casual approach and has some beautiful, almost documentary moments. The story of a father and daughter living off the grid, it's a character study filled with ambiguity and moments of grace.

  • The 400 Blows

    The 400 Blows

    ★★★★

    Casual and beautiful with one of the all-time great cinematic debuts with Jean-Pierre Léaud as the energetic misfit who seeks adventure. So many echoes of this film show up later in work by other filmmakers.

  • Tristana

    Tristana

    ★★★

    Some interesting ideas, but it meandered a bit too much for me.

  • Bo Burnham: Make Happy

    Bo Burnham: Make Happy

    ★★★★

    A bit meta and self-referential, but funny and honest and definitely working within his comfort zone. It's a good time for stand-up specials that think about what it is they are doing and how they connect to the world at large.

  • Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band

    Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band

    ★★★½

    Solid concert film with Patti Smith performing the album Horses with a few glimpses behind the scenes.

  • Gaslight

    Gaslight

    ★★★★

    Great psychological thriller filled with deception and intrigue. The focus is on the characters and the situations with most of the violence happening in the past as we try to figure out what is going on in the abusive relationship that we see.

  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★★

    A dark fable that uses Lanthimos' distinctive and artificial style to look at the idea of justice and personal responsibility. Deeply strange in how the characters interact with each other in a way that is slightly off that somehow heightens the way it all works. It's a twisted Greek tragedy with a Kubrickian visual and sonic approach.

  • Creature Companion

    Creature Companion

    ★★★½

    Experimental performance film with two women moving through suburban spaces in unusual ways.