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  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The "One-Night-Only" Screening of The House That Jack Built Director's Cut

    For all of the controversy and rage surrounding his films, I’m a fan of Lars Von Trier’s work. He manages to probe at uncomfortable anxieties and find both terror and humor in equal measure—with varying ranges of success. He’s also unafraid to leap headfirst into analytical discourse, turning his films into staged essays on violence, sexual norms, social taboos, and the nature of art and storytelling. Von Trier is…

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★

    Each frame is sumptuous and cruelly beautiful.

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    Sickeningly funny. Gorgeous to look at. Standout shots: Reynolds and Alma in the car at night. The New Year’s Party. Reynolds vs. the Alps. Alma staring at the last mushroom. Jonny Greenwood’s score is a luscious tidal wave of strings. But I never once expected I’d see a Daniel Day-Lewis/Paul Thomas Anderson collaboration where DDL (rightly) isn’t and shouldn’t the sole focus of the film. This is Vicky Krieps’ film through and through and I bow at her altar.

  • The Tree of Life

    The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

    Theatrical Cut: 5 stars.
    Extended Cut: 5.5 stars.