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  • Séance

    Séance

    ★★★½

    Not quite top-tier Kurosawa, but the man just knows how to make a dread-infused, spooky-ass movie, and this one is certainly that.

  • Sorry to Bother You

    Sorry to Bother You

    ★★★★

    Overlong and messy in a way that would normally bug me, but so audacious and hilarious and original that it hardly matters. Like nothing else out there.

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  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★

    How I imagine the producers pitched this to Villeneuve:

    VILLENEUVE: I dunno, this seems sort of hopeful and uplifting. I prefer dark stories about serial killers and drug runners. I don't really see why you came to me, to be honest.

    PRODUCERS: Did we mention there's a giant spider creature thing?

    VILLENEUVE: I'M IN.

    (This joke for the thirty people who saw ENEMY).

  • Paterson

    Paterson

    ★★★★★

    I used to respect Jarmusch more than I loved him, but with this and ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE he's tapped into something potent, a sort of wise, middle-aged artist's humanism that I find devastatingly lovely.