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  • News from Home

    News from Home

    ★★★

    59/100

    Pretty sure I'd have loved this were it roughly 35-40 minutes long—or, alternatively, had Akerman cheated by augmenting (or even outright inventing) some letters, thereby creating a stronger emotional trajectory. As is, her penchant for repetition—which serves Jeanne Dielman beautifully, but which I tend to find deadly in her docs (not sure I've ever been as bored as I was by "Nightfall Over Shanghai (April 2007)," her contribution to The State of the World; even Robert Koehler didn't like

  • Slack Bay

    Slack Bay

    ★★

    38/100

    Dumont being grotesquely funny is no more palatable to me than Dumont being grotesquely serious. Any chance for another "middle of the road" picture like Hadewijch? Anyway, here's the good ol' report from Cannes.

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  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2

    ★★

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

    40/100

    Fuck, the Hunger Games are back. In a war.

    "Sir, the rebels are approaching. What should we do?"

    "Trap them in a courtyard and flood it with lethal oil."

    "What if they run to higher ground? Do we have enough murder oil to ensure that they're all killed no matter what?"

    "No no, let's give them a sporting chance. If they elude our oil for a minute or so, we'll let it recede and they can just continue toward…

  • 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…