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  • Southland Tales
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • Creation
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  • Cuber

    ★★★½

  • West Side Story

    ★★★★★

  • Emergence Collapse

    ★★★★

  • Creation

    ★★★★★

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  • Southland Tales

    Southland Tales

    ★★★★★

    A gushing blood-red river of fear, pain, tenderness, and psyche-shattering foresight. There will never be another film like this ever again, and if there is, Richard Kelly will tragically not be the director allowed to make it. Part of the experience of watching this film is the haunting inevitability of it all, and the assuredness with which the film presents this is truly revelatory - no winking, just a stiff upper lip. The world will end in my lifetime and…

  • Just Beyond the Trees

    Just Beyond the Trees

    ★★★★★

    In 1991, Stephen Malkmus of the indie rock band Pavement was working on what would become his landmark 1992 release Slanted & Enchanted, a record that many still hail as one of the crowning achievements of its decade. When David Berman (his college buddy, then-roommate and former bandmate) first heard his new demos that he had composed after a summer spent in his hometown of Stockton, California, he was taken aback. "You've gone up a level," he said.

    Connor Murphy has…

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    a film about how people move through public spaces and how those same spaces shape them over time. above all else, this is a truly special symphony of movement, and it almost feels like Spielberg has been preparing for it his entire career. we watch young, broken people fighting to reclaim their world through dance and unassailable swagger. the gestural lines between the fighting and the dancing are blurred; it's all an attempt to feel some sort of euphoria, to…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★★

    The dead know what they're doing when they leave this world behind
    When the here and the hereafter momentarily align
    See the need to speed into the lead suddenly declined
    The dead know what they're doing when they leave this world behind
    And as much as we might like to seize the reel and hit rewind
    Or quicken our pursuit of what we're guaranteed to find
    When the dying's finally done and the suffering subsides
    All the suffering gets done…

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  • Mister America

    Mister America

    I won’t belabor the point: watching this film with a packed and engaged crowd was an absolute highlight for me as a theatergoer. I honestly think that the only way I could feel this proud of something ever again was if a project I was a part of was met with a similar reception. I’ve spent so much time in the company of these characters and engaging with other fans in their mock-universe this past year, and it’s made me…

  • The Comedy

    The Comedy

    ★★★★★

    Privilege doesn't solely remove you from economic strife - it also allows you the freedom to abandon any and all emotional tethers to the people around you. It allows you to re-characterize loneliness as self-sufficiency.

    I don't know if I've ever seen a sadder film. It brilliantly aligns itself with Swanson and lets us observe him, but unlike a typical character study, we learn even less about what drives him - even while he makes small steps towards recovering his…