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  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Flaming Creatures
  • Everyone Else
  • Femme Fatale

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  • We're All Going to the World's Fair

  • The Other Woman

  • Elvis

  • Cha Cha Real Smooth

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  • Jennifer's Body

    Jennifer's Body

    ★★★★

    [pro/B+]
    Where has this film been the last 10 years of my life? Whiny Aughts emo rock, a central star-pair ying and yang of emerging divadom, a script that constantly centers women's issues impactful and mundane (name another film more scattered with non-mocking references to periods and menstruation), all wrapped in Kusama's Lynch-nodding, sweeping push-ins and crafty reveals. Suburban absurdism edited with a scalpel — so much better in this regard than, like, Brian Taylor's Mom and Dad.

    Kusama has a great Criterion Top 10 ICYMI.

  • Ash Is Purest White

    Ash Is Purest White

    ★★★★½

    [PRO/A-/B+]
    "Where there are people, there will always be jianghu"

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  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★½

    [pro/B/B-]
    "Dance as tangy as a bit of raw mango." New mantra!

  • Holy Smoke

    Holy Smoke

    ★★★½

    [pro/B/B-]
    Film should've ended with Keitel lying on the ground hallucinating but I gotta hand it to something this audacious and willing to continually shift our understanding of who these characters are, who is holding the power and how much self-awareness they really have. Some stunning vistas too.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    [CON/D]
    An ugly-in-spirit, clumsily styled (ed. the swivel reaction pans to Teller's face are atrocious) faux Social Network. Upsettingly celebrates antagonism and verbal violence as reported. J.K. Simmons's performance is terrible and Teller is too smothered by Damien Chazelle's pop psychologizing to be able to make an impression.
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    Chazelle's amateurish world is so limited in its artificial scope, beginning and ending within the unexplored confines of his pat human experience ambitions; he is prone to arrive at an…

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

    [con/C-]
    It's not as if some comedy was the last thing Iñárritu's work needed—I disliked Birdman a good bit less than I thought I would.
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    I liked it better when it was called Venus in Fur (and even then I didn't like it that much, but Polanski’s film's similarities and divergence from Iñárritu's work are instructive). Pretty middling on it overall, and though it exceeded my expectations, its thinness becomes glaring in hindsight. The tone and performances annoyed me…