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  • Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold

    Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold


    Dunne's compassion and admiration for Didion imbue the film with a respectful and studios tone that carries Dunne through his exploration of Didion's remarkable life and career with an intimate ease that is neither entirely journalistic not fully conversational, the family history and shared memories creating a bond between documentarian and subject that provokes candidness and self-reflection while remaining respectful in the rawest, most personal areas.

    Dunne effectively conveys the twinned streams of Didion's life and career, never fully separate…

  • Angels Wear White

    Angels Wear White


    With a quiet portent and muted, righteous fury, Qu unfolds a story of exploitation and corruption that cute to the heart of the faults she finds in contemporary China, a society bedeviled by vast social inequality and frightfully at the mercy of rampant amorality among the powerful that leaves those beneath them bereft of justice. This systemic corruption and hopeless injustice breed, in Qu's chilling vision, a society of women who either adapt to the expectations of men and play…

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  • Sicario



    The strength of Villeneuve's intensely muscular direction, Deakins's gloomily gorgeous and evocatively atmospheric cinematography, and Jóhannsson's lush score set a spectacularly grim, fatalistic air of dread-soaked taut tension that lends Sheridan's overly glib, cynically nihilistic drug-war horror story a pulpy tone. The film's pulpiness helps to trim away the shallow nihilism of its moral commentary by amplifying the gruesome horrors of the film's bleakly nihilistic world and the grim amorality of its characters, overpowering Sheridan's didactic intentions and delivering a…

  • The Mermaid

    The Mermaid


    Riotous, bawdy, prankish satirical, Chow's absurdist, slapstick comedy is governed by an overwhelming goodwill and empathy for his characters—extending beyond the mermaid community to embrace Chao's brash tycoon, but leaving the rest of the characters open for his cutting satirical attacks—that cuts through it all to lend this bizarre mix of fantasy rom-com and social message film an overflowing spirit of joyous acceptance and an infectious hilarity. Chow brings a fierce enthusiasm to the film's bruising critique of nouveau riche…