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  • The Boss of It All

    The Boss of It All

    ★★★

    Such an interesting specimen of a movie. Von Trier trying his hand at sorta outright comedy and being somewhat successful at it. I certainly laughed enough, but it all just really seems like warmed over concepts from The Office. Even though the director warns us at the beginning that this is going to be a piffle that we won’t even remember by the next morning, I would have hoped that he’d have tried just a wee bit harder to really…

  • Melancholia

    Melancholia

    ★★★★★

    The end of the world played out in two-part, discordant harmony.

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  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

    ★★★★★

    I could complain that most of these stories are slight. I could complain that hardly a one of them has a defined conclusion. I could complain that the Coens put style over substance. I could complain that anthologies never fulfill their promise to the viewer. I could complain that this still would have worked better as the TV series it started out to be. I could.

    But I won't and I can't. As with so many of their films being…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★★

    I'm not going to react to the movie that should be or even its troubled history, but to the movie I actually saw. And yes, this is the edited American cut. But so what? Even in this compromised version, I have just witnessed some of the most incredible imagery and story that I've ever seen committed to film.

    I avoided this for years, as I wanted to wait for the unadulterated version to finally get its due, but I am…