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  • A Modern Coed

    ★★★

  • Nadja in Paris

    ★★★★

  • Karen Dalton: In My Own Time

    ★★★

  • The Novelist's Film

    ★★★★

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  • A Modern Coed

    A Modern Coed

    ★★★

    With a mix of amazement and slight patronization, Rohmer documents the dawn of a new stage of feminism and in women's liberation with this densely detailed portrait of the lives of woman students as they foray into hard sciences and prioritize making careers for themselves--albeit, as Rohmer is quick to add, without turning their backs on domestic expectations. Rohmer and Almendros couple the rich narration with fluid images that lend marvel and beauty to the observational gaze, a sharp compositional…

  • Nadja in Paris

    Nadja in Paris

    ★★★★

    A luminous tour of '60s Paris shot through with glistening sunlight and whipped around with a visitor's excitable energy as Rohmer and Almendros follow the young exchange student thought the city. Her narration works together with Rohmer's camera to evoke her search for a place of her own in the city, capturing the subjective impressions of the city and its locales as filtered through Nadja's eyes. A rich evocation of the ways cities shapeshift in the eyes of the beholder and people embrace the pockets that resonate with them.

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  • Sicario

    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…

  • Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    Mission: Impossible - Fallout

    ★★★★

    McQuarrie returns to the series with an understanding of the elements involved--the players and their strengths, the expected action quotient, and the relevant plot points to hit--and brings a deftness to the execution that balances the globe-spanning espionage theatrics and horizon-expanding action sequences with casual, quippy comedy and a seedling of emotional investment in its characters' lives--Hunt's romances never entirely convincing given Cruise's paternal air, but the friendships lend resonance to the life-threatening escapades, making the stakes personal--that, together, make…