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  • A Place in the Sun

    A Place in the Sun

    ★★★

    Poor Shelley Winters, always at the bottom of a lake or river.

  • Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

    Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh

    ★★★

    It's all worth it for the flashback that humanizes Candyman, which in turn makes ever effort against him seem unfair.

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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★★

    The Coens examine death in some of their familiar stylistic modes, ranging from the Looney Tune brand of Raising Arizona to the comically fatalistic in Blood Simple, from the unironic embrace of genre in True Grit to the existential ponderings of A Serious Man.

    If someone had never seen a Coen brothers film before, I would tell them to start here, and then go back and watch them all chronologically.

    This is beautiful, contemplative filmmaking.

    My full review: deepfocusreview.com/reviews/the-ballad-of-buster-scruggs/

  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★½

    For Yorgos Lanthimos and his screenwriters of The Favourite, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, history is an interplay of observation and anachronism. Set during the early 1700s in the court of Queen Anne, the English costume drama is shot with extreme wide-angle lenses, giving the vast interiors, ornamented with immense tapestries and huge, ornate furniture, the look of a fishbowl enclosure into which the audience observes from a bemused distance. What unfolds is not a rigid or even Hollywoodized version…