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  • Love & Basketball

    Love & Basketball

    ★★★½

    I love basketball. I love love. I love romantic films that take romance seriously. I did not remember this film being so good. I certainly underestimated it.

    Killer cast, killer direction of the basketball scenes, this is one well worth catching up with.

  • Meantime

    Meantime

    ★★★★

    Goddammit Mike Leigh, always making me care about your characters that I think I hate.

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  • Close-Up

    Close-Up

    ★★★★★

    #90sMarathon

    There isn't much more for me to say about this film-- most of it has already been said and better than I could. It's such a beautiful look at the roles we play in our day to day, and the collision between art and "reality", whatever that is. This docudrama is one of the great Iranian films, one of the great 90s films, no. It's one of the great films.

    Here is what I wrote about it for Abandoned…

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    ★★★★½

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

    Arrival is a science fiction film about how the journey is more important than the destination. Really Arrival is about both--the journey and the destination, hence its title.

    But it's a tricky title, because it also seems to imply the arrival of the aliens to our world. It's a time old tale, but this film has a unique spin. Denis Villeneuve and his team give this film the sense of craft and gravitas he offered Sicario last year--great cinematography, sound…