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  • The Accident

  • Dopesick

  • Dredd

    ★½

  • The Truth About Climate Change

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  • L'Eclisse

    L'Eclisse

    ★★★★★

    'We cannot know his legendary head
    with eyes like ripening fruit. And yet his torso
    is still suffused with brilliance from inside,
    like a lamp, in which his gaze, now turned to low,
    gleams in all its power. Otherwise
    the curved breast could not dazzle you so, nor could
    a smile run through the placid hips and thighs
    to that dark center where procreation flared.
    Otherwise this stone would seem defaced
    beneath the translucent cascade of the shoulders
    and would…

  • The Eyes of Orson Welles

    The Eyes of Orson Welles

    ★★★★

    Irish introvert Mark Cousins continues his series of interviewing absent filmmakers. This one comes after his one-camera Bunuel-in-Mexico travelogue.
    And I'm down for it.
    His halting, question filled narration is still comfortably close to how I watch any film. So any new Cousins is always welcome here.
    This is an incredible sincere bio of Welles the artist, watch it twice for that alone. Three times for the incredible footage.
    Cousins knows faces are a big pull for the human brain,…

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  • Dredd

    Dredd

    ★½

    I don't know why I wasn't conscious of this being a comic book movie going in. It's only based on, and named after one of the most famous dystopian series.
    The effect is very much a Dirty Harry-in-Doom w a sidekick to quip to.
    But it looks great, gets digitally gorey every chance it can, and is surprisingly chock full of powerful actor cameos. Lena Headey, Domhnall Gleeson, Wood Harris . . ., it becomes quite a game long before…

  • The Age of Stupid

    The Age of Stupid

    The earlier, weaker run through to Attenborough’s Climate Change: the Facts.

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  • Hell or High Water

    Hell or High Water

    Inexplicably depressed Nationalist propaganda film. About open carry. Ford trucks. And actually gettin the feels about yer dead Mexican/Indian sidekick. There are no villains in the story. Only heroes and bystanders (women) cuz Texas.

    If ever there was a case for story being inconsequential to how good a film is (a case I make always), it's this story. Written by Taylor Sheridan . . . who also wrote Sicario and won awards for it.
    HoHi's screenplay begs for another go-round…

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★

    An experiment in filming, where the conceit is the content. This is a 12 year+ chronicle of an american working class family post 9/11. All the usual Linklater elements are strong here. Dumbed down philosophical angst, the shorthand of cliques, walking scenes and talking scenes and walking and talking scenes. Sudden domestic danger to liven the pace. Amateur actors left to tread water in long, long sunny takes to slow it back down.

    It's on 35mm with colors bursting like…