One Cut of the Dead ★★★★

Feats of single-take filmmaking offer egotistical directors an opportunity for a masculine display of mastery. This Japanese zombie comedy initially presents as another of these increasingly tired feats, but develops into something that’s a rebuke of singular genius and a celebration of collectivism and contingency. It’s a film that tests your patience from time to time, but close attention is rewarded with a second half that reaches inspired new heights in self-deprecation.