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  • Detour

    Detour

    ★★★★

    "That's life. Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you."
    (BTW, this would make a wicked double feature with MY WINNIPEG.)

  • Shirkers

    Shirkers

    ★★★★

    As a 19-year-old student in her native Singapore, Sandi Tan wrote and starred in an independent feature film she made with her friends and her much older male mentor, but it was never finished, as said mentor absconded with the film reels and just disappeared. A quarter century later, Tan has made a documentary about the experience, complete with a good amount of footage she eventually recovered from the earlier project. Purposely disorienting and chockablock with fantastic imagery, especially when…

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  • The Shop Around the Corner

    The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★★

    The last twenty minutes or so of this is what all romances, comedies and rom-coms should aspire to.

    "You know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth. "

  • Shoplifters

    Shoplifters

    ★★★★★

    Naming a favorite film by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda is like doing the same for his closest progenitor, Yasujiro Ozu--nearly impossible, given their tendencies to revisit and refine themes of domesticity and humanism while maintaining a higher-than-average consistency. SHOPLIFTERS may have finally won Kore-eda the Palme d'Or at Cannes this year, but I could name at least three earlier titles of his equally deserving of the prize.

    This film hues most closely to one of those three, NOBODY KNOWS in…