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  • Shoe Palace Pinkus

    Shoe Palace Pinkus

    ★★½

    Like Henry Van Cleve of Heaven Can Wait, the spoiled prince of this shoe palace, played by the director whose Sally Pinkus is all ghoulish grins through the most distorted of underbites, is another cad who never receives the due comeuppance we expect from such characters. But this less than minor early effort from Lubitsch forgoes the elegance and grace of the later film for a broad comedy that at least displays a certain peculiar intelligence for gags which hint…

  • Dutchman’s Photographs

    Dutchman’s Photographs

    ★★★★★

    Proto-Spacy: like seeing from the other side of infinity.

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  • Ready Player One

    Ready Player One

    ★★★½

    An either/or choice between Spielberg's worst instincts - his stubborn schoolboy naivete flaring up whenever he ventures near a situation bearing any political or ideological weight - or his unquestionable ability in being the greatest director of action set-pieces in American movies. No in-betweens here, no nuance; it's a go-for-broke predicament that fitfully ends in a stalemate.

    Otherwise:

    You don’t need the world to make movies anymore. The endpoint of cinema? The manifesto for future moviemaking?

    Contemporary cinema, if you…

  • Suspiria

    Suspiria

    ★½

    Perhaps it's become a norm for films like these, which carry a certain kind of mid-level prestige and marketing hype, to shuffle through every serious theme and topic relevant to The Discourse like some sort of scatter-brained round of Jeopardy! Suspiria so desperately wants to cover all the bases, scraping up any historical and aesthetic detritus it can then exploit, that it fails to commit to develop any one of its many ideas. At least Argento, no matter what you…