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  • The Tribe

    The Tribe

    ★★★★

    I thought the film was pretentious for leaving out subtitles. I appreciate what it was trying to do, but I couldn’t follow the story. It did have a linear plot, but it was all in Ukrainian sign language, so it was literally impossible to follow for a typical American audience, regardless of sensory ability. And that was intentional. It was an artistic statement. Which I didn’t mind at first. But it was over 2 hours long. You were supposed to…

  • Venus

    Venus

    ★★★

    A very “meh” film. It’s well-written and -acted, but the plot fails to engage. The “romance” is pathetic and creepy—I say this based not on the age difference, but on the persistent forwardness of the main character. And it’s clearly intended to come off that way, perhaps to elicit sympathy for him, who seems otherwise respectable, is alone and dying, and just wants to indulge in carnality one last time. But it in fact made me dislike him for crossing…

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  • Her

    Her

    ★★★★★

    Soo glad I caught the preview screening at the Somerville Theatre! A very timely film for me, in many ways… It made me howl with laughter and reduced me to a blubbering mess*. “Blade Runner” if it were a romance. Spike Jonze is a visionary; Joaquin Phoenix is everything I want to be as an actor; I maybe want to date him too? Wide release on January 10th.

    * Would have been a more enjoyable cry, though, had I not…

  • The Virgin Suicides

    The Virgin Suicides

    ★★★★★

    How you execute a feature film this well on the first try eludes me, but that’s why Sofia Coppola rules. They say to avoid voiceover in Screenwriting 101, but here it’s effective, weaving together a narrative from disparate perspectives and times. It’d be silly not to, too, as Eugenides’ writing (as adapted by Coppola), is razor-sharp; at once amusing and macabre. Watching this made me want to read the book, and that’s rare of most adaptations. (Though, listening to it,…