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  • Ant-Man and the Wasp

    Ant-Man and the Wasp

    ★★½

    Following on the heels of the enduring hit that is Infinity War, this feels like a mere passing fancy of a Marvel flick. It’s a bit funnier than the first Ant-Man, and it has a fair amount of fun action set pieces and special effects—some of which are evocative of Innerspace, which is cool—but ultimately it’s an inconsequential entry to Phase Three. A light, trivial diversion before the heavy-hitter titles.

  • Mandy

    Mandy

    ★★★

    I probably hold the minority opinion because I think Mandy is just not a very exciting career trajectory for Panos Cosmatos, and I say this as someone who loved Beyond the Black Rainbow. I expected more than a rote John Wickian revenge thriller. The first hour—the sections stylishly titled “The Shadow Mountains, AD 1983” and “Children of the New Dawn”—is really quite haunting, though. I was reminded of Antichrist more than once. But it kind of went downhill after all…

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  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★★★★

    Shane Carruth’s alluring Upstream Color is Invasion of the Body Snatchers for the art house crowd, with hogs replacing pods and identity crisis substituting for McCarthyism. That may be an awfully crude comparison but it’s the overall gist I got as I watched this beguiling, beautiful film. One thing’s for sure, the plot’s mind-control science fiction aspect plays only second fiddle to the transcendent yet universal overarching theme of emotional resonance in people in the vein of Henry David Thoreau’s…

  • Post Tenebras Lux

    Post Tenebras Lux

    ★★★★½

    Contemplative cinema can be a bitch. This most elusive of art house varieties has repeatedly rendered me awestruck, but at the same time hopelessly nonplussed all at once. With that said, the sensory experience waiting in store for viewers in Post Tenebras Lux, perhaps the most idiosyncratic and abstract work to date from Mexican, transcendental filmmaker Carlos Reygadas, can be quite overwhelming and intimidating. If one is unfamiliar with the director’s influences—namely Robert Bresson, Carl Theodore Dreyer, Roberto Rossellini, and…