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  • Deadpool 2

    Deadpool 2

    ★★★½

    My face hurts

  • Antonia's Line

    Antonia's Line

    ★★★

    This feels like a Dutch approach to The World According To Garp. I like it well enough as an existential dramedy, though it does suffer from some tone mismanagement and characters whose outsized personalities drowned out some of the nuance. The score is uniformly excellent and there are some expert level aging effects at work.

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  • Demon Seed

    Demon Seed

    ★★★

    Christie handles herself well, considering she’s acting opposite clumsy robotics with Robert Vaughn’s disembodied voice for nearly the entire movie. A bit heavy on the 2001 flushes. Overall, a bizarre (and grossly creepy at times) AI-gone-rogue horror story.

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★★½

    A brutal, ethereal piece of magic. So much of Lynne Ramsay’s trim genre exercise comes at you sideways and opens up spaces you never expected to experience inside a story like this. Joaquin Phoenix’s Joe is a battered slab of a man, pieced together out of muscle and trauma, kept alive in spite of himself by a son’s love for his mother and a purposed specialty in rescuing captive girls. It’s such a fantastic performance, and a completely arresting auteurist vision of a broken would-be savior’s personal journey through a noirish hell.