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  • A Hidden Life
  • Parasite
  • The Souvenir
  • Uncut Gems

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  • Saint Maud

    ★★★½

  • The Killing of Two Lovers

    ★★½

  • The Shuroo Process

  • CODA

    ★★★★

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  • Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

    Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li

    ★½

    The decision about which character from the popular Capcom video game series would get their own movie seems to have been a random one, although that isn’t technically true. It is a matter of act that Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, while not a follow-up to the infamous 1994 film adaptation, is a tie-in to the fourth video game in its franchise, released after an 11-year hiatus in the series. To what degree Chun-Li, a significant figure in gaming…

  • Dragonball Evolution

    Dragonball Evolution

    ★★

    One thing is for sure: At least some of Dragonball: Evolution seems to be laboring to make us laugh. It’s a little hard to pinpoint which element of the storytelling or filmmaking or acting suggests this, but surrounding the protagonist, who is a black hole of charisma in spite of his wide-eyed awe at everything around him, is a cast of characters who are goofy enough and provide enough comic relief that one has to believe that some part of…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    There is no getting around the occasional, oft-used phrase, and "Whiplash" calls for it: This film is note-perfect. The trailers and advertisements, irrelevant in the long run to anything but marketing, have sold it short as a sort of "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" for the Juilliard set, but while it comes very close to equaling that by-now-underappreciated gem's power, the film ultimately plays in much more complex areas than simply a "...from Hell"-type thriller (You know…

  • Palm Springs

    Palm Springs

    ★★★★★

    Comedies can be release valves. Comedies can get at truth. This does both, and Barbakow is tremendously skilled at mixing the two with absolute control. I enjoyed this greatly the first time. I was properly wiped out on this second viewing.