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  • Evil Dead

    ★★★½

  • Smile

    ★★½

  • Exterior Night

    ★★★★

  • Hellraiser

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  • TÁR

    TÁR

    ★★★★★

    NYFF 60: Film #3 (Main Slate)

    "If you want to dance the mask, you must service the composer." Todd Fields’ first feature in sixteen years, TÁR is not only an extremely sharp character study but a masterpiece – a work of great talents and heights that enrapture the viewer in a maelstrom of cinematic catharsis, a portrait of an artist’s amour propre (self-destruction through idolism, orchestrating your own cessation), and a towering performance by Cate Blanchett.

    The word masterpiece is…

  • One Fine Morning

    One Fine Morning

    ★★★★½

    TIFF 2022: Film #8 (Special Presentations)

    Mia Hansen-Løve’s latest, the beautiful and melancholic One Fine Morning, breaks your heart, immediately picking it up and holding it together, due to its humanistic and delicate approach to the affinity and oppositeness between love and loss, with an outstanding Léa Seydoux right in the middle of it.

    There are some filmmakers you tend to love more and more as you grow up because of your life experiences and understanding of the world. For…

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  • Smile

    Smile

    ★★½

    Parker Finn’s directorial debut, Smile, is initially exciting and terrifying. Still, its over-reliance on jumpscares and fake-outs and lack of thematic resolution left me with a frown rather than a grin.

    Horror is a genre that always finds a way to horrify, intrigue, and enlighten the minds of its audience. It is, in my opinion, the most fascinating and creative genre. Unfortunately, big studio horror pictures have dealt with some of the same topics in the last couple of years.…

  • Exterior Night

    Exterior Night

    ★★★★

    NYFF 60: Film #5 (Spotlight)

    Marco Bellocchio may have missed the mark with The Traitor, but he’s back in top form with Exterior Night (Esterno Notte), his first foray into television. The series offers multiple perspectives on the Aldo Moro case by dwelling on the themes of class struggles, the cynicism of politics, manipulation, and religion in an engaging and informative fashion.

    He may not be well-known in the U.S. by a vast majority of cinema-goers, but since the early…

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  • Not Okay

    Not Okay

    ★★★½

    Although some of Not Okay’s provocative ideas don’t land, its witty script and Zoey Deutch’s piquant performance are engaging enough to make this a chaotic and fun ride.

    Over the decades, plenty of films have mocked or ridiculed their own generation. However, as the years went by, more kept appearing. These films were ridiculing this modern generation addicted to the various social media platforms through different mediums and genres. Most of these features had exciting ideas, but they ended up…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    TIFF 2021

    Like Jackie, Spencer masterfully crafts horror & beauty within the isolation of its main character (almost like a ghost story in the midst of a fairytale). It is beautifully crafted and executed on all ends; the strings by Greenwood, the cinematography by Mathon, and Larrain's direction, and in the heart of it, there is the brilliant Kristen Stewart with the performance of her career. Jackie tackles the mourning, while Spencer deals with mental health. Both of them (Jackie and…