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  • Brief Encounter
  • Multiple Maniacs
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  • Hookers on Davie

    ★★★★½

  • Terra Femme

    ★★★½

  • Her Scents of Pu Er

    ★★★½

  • The Cocoanuts

    ★★★

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  • Hookers on Davie

    Hookers on Davie

    ★★★★½

    Chronicling a now-forgotten part of downtown Vancouver's past, Hookers on Davie is an essential look at sex workers—many of them trans or gender nonconforming—operating on society's margins, working a high-risk profession for some sense of economic stability. Dale and Cole film some truly remarkable footage of these workers on their shifts, joking with each other, hailing potential clients, and carving out a space in the public sphere to which they firmly call their own. The intimate, detailed, and candidly revealing…

  • Terra Femme

    Terra Femme

    ★★★½

    A carefully-considered and frequently enrapturing essay/found-footage film about female travelers and adventurers from the early twentieth century and their place within the cinematic gaze and the imperialist framework, based on the footage they filmed of the world they saw around them. Stephens's analysis is coherent and striking, but pairing it with all this fantastic archival footage (a lot of which can literally be found for free online, if you look carefully enough) is what really makes her argument hit home.

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  • Dirty Computer

    Dirty Computer

    ★★★★

    Even though the concept here isn’t entirely novel, and the music-videos-as-memories conceit lacks a certain cohesiveness in order to make this film truly stand on its own, the whole vibe of this “emotion picture” is so uniquely Janelle’s that I was still mesmerized by it all. Every song, every lyric, every choreographic choice, every colour and costume is a different personal statement that reveals a new facet of her incandescent soul, and it streams out to us in such gloriously…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★

    It’s been nearly 25 years since the world lost Princess Diana, and the power of her mythos and legacy does not seem to have diminished an iota. With Netflix’s The Crown winning major awards after introducing Diana’s character in its fourth season, and now Chilean director Pablo Larraín channeling his own take on Diana’s persona, she remains as ubiquitous a presence as she was when she was still alive. We shouldn’t doubt, too, that she will endure even after all…