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  • Dillinger Is Dead

    Dillinger Is Dead



    Pretty much wrote what I'd have written here in my piece about Film Forum's Michel Piccoli retro. Very happy that I saw this with zero foreknowledge—expected a gangster movie of some sort, and was very pleasantly discombulated.

  • Diary of a Chambermaid

    Diary of a Chambermaid



    Revisited for my piece about Film Forum's Michel Piccoli retro, though I didn't wind up mentioning it because his performance here is atypically weak. This still just seems like a mess to me, frankly, with Buñuel and Carrière imposing then-contemporary political concerns onto a decades-old source for which they're in no way suited. It's as if somebody were to remake Catch-22 and make it all about the Trump administration. I see what you're doing and it's just a distraction.

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  • Moonlight



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


    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:

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  • Sicario



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


    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.

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