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  • Yi Yi
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
  • Exotica
  • Beau Travail

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  • Nathan for You: Finding Frances

    ★★★½

  • To Be or Not to Be

    ★★★½

  • Metropolitan

    ★★★★

  • Benediction

    ★★★★

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  • RRR

    RRR

    ★★★★

    A little rough around the edges, but showcases such strong and clever use of visual language. Compared to standard action fare it’s like Rajamouli is one of the few contemporary directors who actually understands how to work in three dimensions, to shape, fill, and display space and constantly be on the verge of exceeding one’s limits. Truly revolutionary. And on top of that it’s wildly compelling and surprisingly thoughtful as a narrative. Would have been a top notch theater experience, but I’m glad there was such wide access to this on a major streaming platform. Keep it coming, boss.

  • Get Carter

    Get Carter

    ★★★½

    Carter was a bad dude. Can’t think of a better place for violent ends than the industrial hellscape of Blackhall beach. Omniscient automatons laboring endlessly overhead as they dump our collective toxic waste into the depths below, masters out of sight. Locations in general were superb but it’s wretched that was reality. Good news is the beach is cleaned up now.

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  • A Russian Youth

    A Russian Youth

    ★★★

    I am incredibly confused by this film’s intentions and no, that does not play into its favor. We are presented with a contemporary orchestra composing the soundtrack to a Russian WWI narrative, centered around a young soldier who is blinded (this happens early on). The narrative is incredibly painterly and has its own unique flourishes I did not anticipate yet lacks any true narrative cohesion to be anything more than a beautiful period piece. This film within the film also…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    Bleak. Schrader’s newest film demonstrates his maturation as both a writer and director, paralleling Taxi Driver thematically while branding itself as a unique picture and remaining equally representative of the tumultuous period of its inception. Truly great performances are given by all its cast which at first glance may appear lackluster, especially from Hawke as the Reverend Toller who is more compelling than Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle. While both men are consumed by their destructive greater purpose, Bickle acts almost…