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  • The Soft Skin

    The Soft Skin

    ★★★★

    This domestic drama of infidelity, laced with dark comedy, must rank high among Truffaut’s most underrated films; it’s a slow-burn to begin, following Pierre, a pompous, egotistical star academic (in the days where there were such creatures) from a seemingly happy family home with his wife and daughter to a speaking tour, on the flight to which he becomes obsessed with a flight attendant, barging his way into starting an affair with her... 

    This initial perspective is brave, almost foolhardy,…

  • Big Trouble in Little China

    Big Trouble in Little China

    ★★½

    Coming off the straight-arrow sci-fi-tinged drama of Starman, Carpenter climbs aboard W.D. Richter’s nutty smorgasbord of a pulp script and rides the Pork Chop Express all the way to complete absurdity.

    Kurt Russell is hilarious as Jack Burton, a hyper-macho buffoon who stumbles his way to heroism, supported by the likeable but raw Dennis Dun as his butt-kicking sidekick and a charming Kim Cattrall as a journalist trying to get to the bottom of an abduction and mysterious ancient Chinese…

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  • Kate Plays Christine

    Kate Plays Christine

    Initially interesting but increasingly meandering doc-xperiment feels ickier and less ethical as it wears on. What's more, its attack on assumed audience bloodlust is aimed in a way as to fundamentally misunderstand art's role in helping us make some semblance of sense of the senseless.

  • The Revenant

    The Revenant

    ★★

    Strikingly shot, strongly acted, but endless, near-comically absurd survival/revenge drama feels puffed up on its own faux-significance.