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  • First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

    First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers

    ★★★★

    Very strong kid's-eye-view account of the Khmer Rouge Era in Cambodia which really only feels a bit rough at the ends when co-writer/director Angelina Jolie stays from her subject's point of view in order to highlight America's contributions to the rise of this group (important, but a bit outside the scope). Otherwise, it's a focused picture which does an excellent job of laying the facts and experience out without the detachment that frequently accompanies this sort of effort.

    Part of…

  • Mother!

    Mother!

    ★★★★

    I can imagine someone at Paramount getting the final cut of this film and, knowing he was going to get fired for green-lighting it anyway, basically saying "screw it, put this in 2000 theaters like it's a sane, normal movie!" Might as well go down as committed as Darren Aranofsky was, right?

    I suspect that, given a couple more watches and maybe a bit more specific context, a lot more of the details will make sense, but I like what…

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  • Dave Made a Maze

    Dave Made a Maze

    ★★★★★

    Dazzling, hilarious, delightful fantasy, probably my #BUFF19 favorite. Nothing like it, really.

  • In Their Skin

    In Their Skin

    ★★★★★

    A lot of the press for this seems to be categorizing it as a "home invasion" thriller, and while it certainly fits the profile, I kind of like that I came into it (without having dug my way into the "R" section of the program yet) thinking it was going to be something a little more fantastical. That's fine; it had me looking at the characters for signs of weird behavior which was awarded in spades.

    No matter what's actually…