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  • Drifters
  • Girls in Uniform
  • Wheels on Meals
  • July Tales

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  • State Legislature

    ★★★

  • Tonight or Never

    ★★½

  • The Tsugua Diaries

    ★★½

  • The Grief of Others

    ★★★

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  • Tonight or Never

    Tonight or Never

    ★★½

    Wanted something wEiRd and got it in spades: Class struggle zombie soirée, one of those "death knell of Western cultural hegemony" things that routinely sail over my head (see also: '80s Oliveira, Albert Serra, MALMKROG). Bit one-note in its operatic blues – Schroeter at least throws in a different color setup or a popular tune now and then. Caven/Kern: commendably creepy couple.

  • The Tsugua Diaries

    The Tsugua Diaries

    ★★½

    THE BUBBLE for the festival crowd. Not necessarily a dig – I vastly prefer autopilot summer vibes to terminally lame Covid jokes, but I don't think anyone needs to watch this beyond the confines of 2021. Except if in your experience the last few years really were a period of frantic bustle and/or mellow languor instead of soul-sapping bureaucracy and boredom.

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  • The United States of America

    The United States of America

    ★★★½

    Benning plays the hits. Skies and Lakes, RR and Stemple Pass: Land of 1000 Callbacks. Karen Carpenter makes birds appear, Minnie Riperton – guiding spirit of the "original" – is a cloud now. Everything speaks, rhymes, clashes; expectations are met & duly messed with. What's the USA? Heavy industry, military memorials and a whole lotta desert. Population: around 5 by my count. And yet there's always some machinery making a giant ruckus offscreen – do they operate themselves by now? Can't…

  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★½

    If you go to the repertory theater too often, you will at times inevitably encounter A Guy – someone who annoys you in such unique ways it's almost impressive. Maybe he (or she, although let's face it: he) guffaws hysterically at stuff that's zero funny or has an unrealistically loud jacket that never comes off or takes forever to unwrap the world's crinkliest baloney sandwich. I first noticed my current Guy during the recent Naruse series, now he's back for…