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  • Concentration

    Concentration

    ★★★★

    So much to say! I wish I could see it again, but that's just not an option with this film. Léaud is exceptional as always, and I'll elaborate on this film in a full review soon.

  • Song to Song

    Song to Song

    ★★★★

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

    "I went through a period where sex had to be violent," says Faye (Rooney Mara) in the opening line of voice-over in Terrence Malick's latest film, Song To Song (2017). Much like the past three dramatic feature films Malick has made that deal with the contemporary world (parts of The Tree of Life (2011), and all of To The Wonder (2013) and Knight of Cups (2015)), Song To Song has a hypnotic quality, but this time it's heightened, which can…

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  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★★★

    "In fashion, one day you're in, and the next day you're out," cautions supermodel Heidi Klum in the reality-competition show Project Runway. Though that phrase is directed toward fashion designers, the same can be said of the cutthroat world of modeling at the center of Nicolas Winding Refn's latest film, THE NEON DEMON (2016). Co-written by Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws, and playwright Polly Stenham, THE NEON DEMON has a firm grasp on competitiveness between women, and the milieu of…

  • Staying Vertical

    Staying Vertical

    ★★★★

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

    Gender roles, specifically masculinity as a social construct, within relationships are flipped on their head in Alain Guiraudie's latest film, Rester Vertical [AKA Staying Vertical] (2016). It's a film of bleak comicality that blends perceptions of the real world with surrealism. The trajectory of this film is unforeseeable from its outset, and by the end of the film the journey that has unfolded on screen continuously outdoes the events that came before it. I saw this film at its US…