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  • Prisoners

    Prisoners

    ★★★★

    Prisoners is a sadistic, stylish and sumptuous noir from Denis Villeneuve. As usual I think Villeneuve excels at providing viewers a multifaceted perspective. The procedural components of the film draw you in from the moment it starts, as we literally follow a family through a traditional gathering to a moment of tragedy, all the while establishing a sort of continuity across the Pennsylvania suburb where the entirety of the film takes place. I am not one for morality plays generally,…

  • Signs

    Signs

    ★★★★

    Always a genre favorite of my youth, Signs follows the trail-of-breadcrumbs formula Shyamalan lays out in The Sixth Sense, which makes it a lot of fun to share the film with someone who has never seen it. In my mind, it's a very American artifact with its emphasis on destiny and faith. (And TV news, and pizza parlors, and baseball...) Rewatching it, I couldn't help but appreciate the depth of its eccentric sense of humor, its Twin Peaks-like willingness to…

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  • Promare

    Promare

    ★★★★★

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

    This film features a giant robot called Deus X Machina.

  • Weathering with You

    Weathering with You

    ★★★★★

    A fascinating companion piece to the director's previous film and a continued collaboration with producer Genki Kawamura and the band RADWIMPS. Compared to Your Name, this film has a more mature, nostalgic outlook and a bleaker attitude that makes it more provocative and a little less saccharine. One of its core strengths is the tension between its main characters' positivity and negativity - the idea that sunshine follows some people, and rain follows others - and the acts of caring…