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  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • La Jetée
  • Don't Look Now
  • The Intruder

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  • Boyz n the Hood

    ★★★½

  • Elvis

    ★★½

  • Meshes of the Afternoon

    ★★★★★

  • The Poughkeepsie Tapes

    ★★

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★½

    A cipher makes a movie about a cipher, told through the eyes of another cipher. Cipher # 1 is Baz Luhrmann, a shameless vulgarian  with a gimlet eye for tacky pageantry; Cipher #2 is Elvis Presley, aka Mr Tacky Pageantry, whom, if this (of course) completely fabulist hagiography is to be believed, was a noble, blameless victim of his own boundless talent, comic-book charisma, and salt-of-the-earth empathy (as well as a bird who fell asleep with the wind beneath his…

  • The Poughkeepsie Tapes

    The Poughkeepsie Tapes

    ★★

    Gotta say that this pretty much sucks; saw it was on TUBI and it took a lot of willpower to not fast forward, not out of shock or awe or anger but boredom. The problem is, as usual, a filmmaker (in this case, a confederate of the guy who ended up making DEAR EVAN HANSEN!) trying to “implicate” the viewer in his own semi-purposeful sadism, and tripping over the multiple formal , narrative and rhetorical obstacles he’s placed along the…

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  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I’ve been trying to put my finger on what bugs me so much about this movie, and sometimes I think it’s as simple as recognizing how hard its director - the very savvy and impressively successful Julia Ducornau - is *trying* to bug me: me, you, and everyone we know, and because Titane won the Palme, everyone you know is going to see it and be obliged to have an opinion on its self-consciously provocative contents, and maybe also on…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★½

    Inside Out Llewyn Davis