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  • Black Narcissus
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

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  • Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story

    ★★★

  • Il buco

    ★★★★★

  • Pixote

    ★★★★½

  • After the Curfew

    ★★★½

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  • Los conductos

    Los conductos

    ★★★★

    Camilo Restrepo’s Los Conductos opens with a camera, apparently mounted on a vehicle, rushing through an otherwise empty traffic tunnel at night. We’ve seen this shot in movies before but something’s different this time. The camera is higher than the point of view of almost any possible driver, giving the impression of nearly skimming the tunnel’s ceiling. It lends an air of danger and uneasiness to what would seem to be images of thrilling abandon...

    Read the full review at Battleship Pretension: battleshippretension.com/los-conductos-concrete-cathedral-by-david-bax/

  • The Wobblies

    The Wobblies

    ★★★★

    The Wobblies, Stewart Bird and Deborah Shaffer’s 1979 documentary about the heyday of the Industrial Workers of the World union (recently restored in 4K and set to screen all over the country for International Workers Day), makes no attempt to be an evenhanded historical overview. That’s a compliment. As a work of full throated and energetic pro-labor advocacy that treats its interviewees (including ACLU founder Roger Baldwin as the narrator) as rogue heroes, it’s far more fun to watch than a basic description might make it sound...

    Read the full review at Battleship Pretension: battleshippretension.com/the-wobblies-there-is-power-in-a-union-by-david-bax/

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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…