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  • A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    ★★★★★

    Haley Joel Osmont gives maybe the best child performance of all time in this, first terrifyingly inert in his programmed cheerfulness, then Uncanny Valley sweet in David's fully activated "realism," only to feel truly human as he wades among the more primitive models of his kind, who tellingly view him as a master to be served and less one of their own. The shotgun wedding of Spielberg's bold, splashy sense of scale and Kubrick's frosty satirical bleakness produces intriguing combinations.…

  • A Dry White Season

    A Dry White Season

    ★★★★

    Explicit without being gratuitous, with a focus that constantly returns to the way that South Africa's divisions permanently alters the black and white families caught up in the barbarism of apartheid. A reminder, also, that true allyship under white supremacy involves actual and severe risk, not mere lip service.

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  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★½

    Coogler's Creed is one of the best films of its kind, a work that confronted and gently but pointedly revised the racist underpinnings of the Rocky franchise and then happened to make the best movie in the whole series by its own rules. Black Panther, by contrast, is the latest reminder, after a few wilder, looser entries in the MCU, that when it comes to Marvel, the house always wins. Glacially paced and burdened with action so busy yet clumsy…

  • Dallas Buyers Club

    Dallas Buyers Club

    ½

    It's easy, if one only ever has to suffer a few times a year the no-budget, no-talent indies dumped on one-week NY runs and burned onto screener discs, to have a charmed view of what constitutes a bad film. Truth be told, with the number of films produced domestically exploding in recent years thanks to mass proliferation of acceptable-quality, cheap DV, it's a good bet that the vast majority of American movies made each year now consist of films made…