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  • Burden

    Burden

    ½

    There are few phrases more guaranteed to dampen my expectations for a movie than, “Based on a true story,” especially when it’s heralded in big type onscreen right at the beginning. The implication is that the mere truthfulness of the story is reason enough to be watching it and that the movie’s roots in facts ought to be taken into account before leveling any criticisms. It’s often a disclaimer for arrogant, lazy filmmaking. Andrew Heckler’s Burden checks those boxes and throws in “misguided” to boot...

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  • Greed

    Greed

    ★½

    “Too big to fail” is, in case you weren’t aware, an economic concept which says that some business institutions are so large and with such a long reach that their failure would be so catastrophic to so many individuals that governments must keep them afloat when necessary. Michael Winterbottom’s Greed, about the preparations for a ludicrous 60th birthday party of a fabulously wealthy man, offers that the theory may apply in social terms, too. In a world in which so…

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  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★

    Made me wish I was never really there.

  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★½

    Terrence Malick’s transcendent A Hidden Life is informed and bolstered in every way by Christian philosophy and yet, despite including numerous men of cloth as characters, none of them has the fortitude to fulfill the purpose of their vocation. But one of them (played by Tobias Moretti) does at least offer us a means of interpreting Malick’s intentions when he mentions that each of us would like to imagine ourselves opposing Christ’s crucifixion were we alive and present at the…