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  • My Joy

    My Joy

    While structured around a central character, stone-faced truck driver Georgi, My Joy is a film anchored less in plot progression than an unending sense of absurd brutality and despair. From the opening images of mud being dumped over a mysterious corpse to the checkpoint guards menacingly beating their superior officer at the film's end, Loznista is bent on charting a sick cruelty at the heart of contemporary Russia.

  • August in the Water

    August in the Water

    ★★★★★

    When mysterious new girl at school and world class diving protege, Izumi, comes to town, strange things start happening - a giant heat wave consumes the town, bizzare rocks appear in the forest, and all the water in the pool turns to stone during Izumi’s most important dive. Izumi’s hopelessly romantic classmate, Ukiya, follows her as they try to figure out what’s happening. Yet far from the supernatural thriller which it may resemble on the surface, AUGUST IN THE WATER,…

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  • Phantom Thread

    Phantom Thread

    ★★★★★

    A very slight film that reworks the same notes repeatedly until they grow quite large. Anderson plays very subtly with pacing, underhandedly switching our character perspectives and sympathies constantly over the film's run time until what may at first have seemed quite poisonous blossoms into something quite beautiful by the movie's end.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★½

    MAKE HOLLYWOOD GREAT AGAIN

    I am honestly a little offended that this movie is getting so many awards. Never mind the racial politics, we'll get to that later, the film itself is just downright boring. What wit, charm, and potential the film might have is flaunted quite nicely in the first 15 minutes and the last 15 minutes, but is quickly drowned out by the tepid romance and asinine choreography. What we are served is just another boring Hollywood romance…