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  • Varda by Agnès

    Varda by Agnès

    ★★★★

    If you’ve never seen an Agnès Varda movie, her last film could be a good place to either start or finish your journey into her formidable filmography.

    In Varda By Agnès, the French cinema icon and visual artist, who died at age 90 in March, revisits many of her pivotal works, exploring the personal relationships, aesthetic pleasures and political beliefs that informed not only her conceptual thinking but her specific technical choices.

    Varda has turned the camera on herself before…

  • Matthias & Maxime

    Matthias & Maxime

    ★★★½

    Xavier Dolan has spent much of the past decade putting queer rage and repression onscreen with a polarizing fury. The Montreal writer/director’s eighth feature is similar to his past work, but there’s a twist: Matthias & Maxime is about a group of (ostensibly) straight guys. Though he doesn’t stray too far from his usual themes and tropes (Tempestuous mother-son relationship? Check), this slight flip of the script has resulted in his most engaging and modest film in years.

    Full review via NOW Magazine

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  • The Beach Bum

    The Beach Bum

    ★★

    Harmony Korine is touting his stoner comedy The Beach Bum as a lighter experience than his last movie, 2012 crime drama Spring Breakers. But despite the change in tone the two films have a lot in common.

    Shooting again in South Florida on 35mm with his go-to DP Benoît Debie, Korine tells a similar story of privileged people that are oblivious – even impervious – to hardship.

    And just as Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Gucci Mane and James Franco riffed…

  • You Don't Nomi

    You Don't Nomi

    ★★★

    You Don’t Nomi is a serious documentary about a serious movie. Paul Verhoeven’s histrionic Las Vegas-set satire Showgirls flopped in 1995 but became a camp classic and has undergone critical re-evaluation as a problematic masterpiece. This essay doc argues that multiple readings can coexist, but it’s most interesting when it shows how the elements that made Showgirls unpalatable to straight men are exactly why it became meaningful to women and queer viewers.

    Director McHale pairs clips highlighting motifs within Verhoeven’s…