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  • A River Below

    A River Below

    ★★★½

    "It's always about a few persons' needs, and never the common benefit."

    As one would expect, this final quote from South American conservationist Fernando Trujillo reflects the desperation of local Amazonian fishing communities, the greed of the piracatinga fish traders they support, and the apathy of uncaring consumers. Colored by the entirety of the film before it, however, it also serves as a meditation on the nature of media ownership, the means of provocative activism, and the consequences of preserving…

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    "I don’t mind people are upset by the film because it’s supposed to be a reflection and a cautionary tale of what’s happening to the planet. And it’s hard, because I’m pointing at all of us saying, look what’s going on! Let’s think about this! I’m also guilty, I’m not any better. But the one thing I can’t understand is how people can’t acknowledge the filmmaking — there are three camera shots in the whole film: over the shoulder, on…

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  • Colossal

    Colossal

    ★½

    Somehow, a film that starts off with a massive kaiju looming over Seoul manages to exemplify some the worst fetishes of action flicks and modern, self-aware TV romcoms.

    I appreciate Colossal's overall themes and intentions. I appreciate its commentary on the diverse flavors of toxicity in relationships, and its championing of the independent female spirit. But these intentions don't excuse its heavy-handed, pandering approach to expressing these themes, and they don't excuse its other numerous offenses, from awkward-sexy boy-girl interactions…

  • Alive and Kicking

    Alive and Kicking

    ★★★

    A normal documentary about a small selection of normal, every-day dancers; more slice-of-life home video than historical-feature, but filled with silly and sassy snippets. Lots of great, high-octane lindy-hop mania footage as expected, but a couple of brief, awkwardly placed dramatic and historical segments make watching this movie more like taking alternating hits of crack and WWII trivia.