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  • Blow the Man Down

    Blow the Man Down

    ★★★

    It's a well-made film; unique and refreshing, with the old guard women taking control of the village and setting things to right in their own way; they put things back in order as they've done things for many a year.
    3.2 stars

  • The Load

    The Load

    ★★★½

    𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘵 is a film, as one critic put it well, that is only context- no suspense; no actual action to drive the plot or manipulate the audience. What is happening, what Vlada is undertaking, is grasped by context. This is messy, dangerous business. Not only is there the unknown cargo, but there's the threat of what could happen if it's discovered, otherwise, why the secrecy? There's a road block of burning vehicles that's been put up.
    And what if he…

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  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★

    Brilliant work by Schrader and Hawke. It's writing and direction like this that have made Schrader an artist of great stature. And it's a performance such as this that shows the impressive growth of Hawke as a leading actor of this era.

  • The Jump

    The Jump

    ★★★½

    Very nice mix of video formats. Is there a death wish here for these young men; for these boys? Is that because some of them have lived with thoughts of it since childhood? It's remarkable that people will take these risks, but not at all so surprising. Seems there's always someone, maybe numerous people, who will do the most mind-boggling things you can think of, within the bounds of physical possibilities. 3.5 stars