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  • Ash Is Purest White

    Ash Is Purest White

    ★★★

    [Tweet from TIFF ’18; I’ll revisit the film at some point and write more.]

    Feels scattershot, even for Jia, and I’m not surprised to learn that it’s inspired by material omitted from Unknown Pleasures and Still Life. Zhao holds it together, as usual, here with a valuable assist from the always galvanizing Liao Fan.

  • The Filth and the Fury

    The Filth and the Fury

    ★★★½

    70/100

    Second viewing, last seen just prior to its original theatrical run. My Time Out New York review (appended below) implies that I had seen The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, which in fact I still have not; presumably the animated sequences here are taken from that earlier effort. Feels a tad lazy on Temple's part. In general, though, I remain impressed by how anarchic this comes across, even as it largely conforms to the retrospective rock doc's chronological-oral-history template.…

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  • Moonlight

    Moonlight

    ★★½

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

    49/100

    Okay, here we go: Why I think the year's most universally acclaimed film is sorta kinda not really very good. Took a second look to be sure, both because I'm always open to the possibility that I'm wrong and because I served on a festival jury with Jenkins a couple of years ago and liked him enormously, so take no pleasure in being a contrarian here. Had exactly the same reaction, alas. In descending order of importance:

    • I'm generally…

  • Sicario

    Sicario

    ★★★★½

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

    83/100

    Second viewing, no change. Having now professionally reviewed this film four times (for The Dissolve from Cannes, and then for the A.V. Club, the Nashville Scene, and the Las Vegas Weekly), I thought I had nothing left to say, especially since I made a point of addressing the most common criticisms. But since a bunch of folks are praising Adam Nayman's takedown for Reverse Shot, let me quickly address a few of his points.

    “I have to know,” Kate…