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  • The Painter and the Thief

    The Painter and the Thief

    ★★★★

    When Barbora Kysilkova had two of her paintings stolen from the Galleri Nobel in Oslo in 2015, she never expected to strike up a complicated yet lasting relationship with one of the thieves, Karl-Bertil Nordland. Despite being a drug addict, Nordland is also a sensitive soul. When and his partner in crime stole the paintings, they took care to remove the 200 nails that attached them to the wall. When Kysilkova asks why he stole the paintings, he simply replies, “Because they were beautiful.”

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  • In a Lonely Place

    In a Lonely Place

    ★★★★★

    Eugene Kang: With the lack of new releases readily available to cinephiles hungry for content, many of us have looked to the past to catch up on some beloved classics or continue our film education. The Criterion Channel is an invaluable asset for such adventurous moviegoers, and the good folks there have brought back a popular series from last year: Columbia Noir. While noir films (or “melodramas” or “crime dramas” as they were called back then) were certainly not exclusive…

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  • Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    Kill Bill: Vol. 1

    ★★★★½

    This movie has got to be the nerdiest thing that I have ever seen...and i still love it. Many filmmakers are derivative but Tarantino just outright steals so much of his best stuff from so many diverse sources that it magically becomes his own. It's kind of like one of those magazine collages that you had to do in school and the challenge was to make something compelling and greater than the sum of its parts. And I think Kill Bill Vol. 1 is one of the flashiest but still one of the best examples of this practice.

  • Longtime Companion

    Longtime Companion

    ★★★½

    This movie is important in that it is the first major feature to detail the struggle that gay men had to face during the AIDS crisis. I remember only learning about this in passing and not realizing just how big of a toll it took on this community and how America shamefully failed to address this scourge. This movie is not without faults. The drama itself comes off as quite earnest, even though there are moments of levity. All these…

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    I kind of forgot I was watching a Marvel movie (until freakin' Stan Lee's cameo of course) and that was so welcome. It's an incredible, beautiful vision of Black empowerment and influence, but it's also complex and influenced by current knowledge and issues. It also manages not to be didactic and gives us some of the best staged action scenes in any Marvel movie. A big studio like Disney should not be afraid to let artists have their voices heard, and this is proof.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    A Wrinkle in Time

    ★★★

    Oof. This movie was a mess. It seems as if it wants to be a high concept sci-fi fantasy film yet also a personal, human drama, and it didn't really execute either very well. It's very easy to rip on this movie, but it has a good heart, and some godawful people are going to say this is the example of what the excesses of an sjw would do. I applaud DuVernay and the rest of the creative forces to…