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  • Peppermint Soda

    Peppermint Soda

    ★★★½

    "Diane Kurys’s Peppermint Soda is like flipping through a young girl’s diary, capturing as it does snippets of the small-scale tragedies, amusing hijinks, and quotidian details that define the lives of two Parisian teenage sisters over the course of their 1963-to-‘64 school year. Through a delicate balancing of comedic and dramatic tones, Kurys’s debut film taps into the emotional insecurities and social turmoil that accompany the awkward biological developments of adolescence with a disarming sweetness and subtlety, lending even small…

  • Velvet Buzzsaw

    Velvet Buzzsaw

    ★½

    This was awful enough when it was a toothless, meandering critique of the art world (maybe the most overplayed, and certainly easiest, satirical target in American film next to 50s U.S. suburbia?), but whatever kind of stupid supernatural slasher bullshit it turned into was somehow even worse.

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  • Pickup on South Street

    Pickup on South Street

    ★★★★½

    Pickup on South Street, Sam Fuller’s brutal yet sensual masterpiece, begins on a speeding subway train, full of colliding bodies stuffed inside like canned sardines. No one speaks, but everyone glances; some at the floor or out the window, others at unsuspecting passengers, yet all attempting in one way or another to not betray what’s truly on their mind. Every initial glance is revealed to be misdirected until our anti-hero, Skip McCoy, bursts onto the scene to meet the sultry…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★

    Was not at all prepared for the shift into Antonioni-esque thriller territory in the second half of this. The scene where Hae-mi and Ben visit Jongsu's farm is likely the scene of the year so far, not only for how it tightens the psychological tensions between the two men and complicates our understanding of all three character's troubled psychological states but for how it recalibrates the film's focus (after Hae-mi's African dance) to something far grander and more elusive than…