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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★½

    There are glimmers of a good film in here, but it seems too weighed down in its central concept of communication with the omnipresent to bring any of its threads to a satisfying conclusion, let alone tie them together in any discerning way. Many, many scenes are cut short for no apparent reason except to play into this concept. Kristen Stewart shows a Joan of Arc-ian ability to convey the sense of a presence around her on screen, but that alone is not satisfying or compelling enough for a feature-length film.

  • Taipei Story

    Taipei Story

    ★★★★

    Given Edward Yang's prominence on the festival circuit in 1991 with A Brighter Summer's Day, and later in 2000 with Yi Yi, it's a shame how long it took for this earlier work to be restored. I saw the 4K restoration at BAM and it is _gorgeous_. The way that Yang frames his characters in static spaces is essential to understanding the relationships between them and their environments, in a way that the script and narrative can only glimpse at,…

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★★★

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

    The crowd-pleaser Tucker and Dale should've been.

    There's only one great performance here, and that's Kaluuya's expressive portrayal of Chris, a truly ordinary millennial. Kaluuya plays the role to a T, with a humored, half-pained politeness that crackles through despite an endless string of casually-racist remarks, and his presence is jarring against the campy world that he inhabits. His existence in an otherwise cliched and manufactured B-movie horror helps to ease the audience into the film's setting, and our collective…

  • The Wind Rises

    The Wind Rises

    ★★★★

    A dreamy, uplifting reflection on passion for the arts, acquiring more sentimental meaning when taken in context with Miyazaki's career. Regardless of the narrative and any related controversies, this film is worth watching for the gorgeous and imaginative animation alone.