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  • Slack Bay

    Slack Bay

    ★★★

    Picturesque, storybook landscapes and colors, bumbling caricatures and cartoonish exaggeration wedded to some all-around grotesquerie. (First meal at Ma Loute's house is stomach-churning.) Skewers everything in sight: the inbred bourgeoisie for whom everything is "sublime" and "perfection," the seaman described as "an incarnation of pure beauty"; the cannibalistic rural folk who set themselves against the Other (in more ways than one); even Dumont's own ouevre, which he seems to be working through. Grimness is papered over by sprightly textures and…

  • Humanité

    Humanité

    ★★★

    Not a comedy, per se, especially since the overall impression is of a lamentation, the film opening with the corpse of an 11-year-old girl, the title itself being a kind of cry, as well as Pharaon's own screams of anguish at the rough midpoint. Still, it's something of a "comedy" - the fact that it opens with Pharaon's face literally plunged into the muck is telling - with Dumont's penchant for pushing a conceit to its absurdist extreme creating a…

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  • Primer

    Primer

    ★★★★½

    90/100

    Man, do you wanna watch Primer? I haven't seen it since later this afternoon.

  • Hacksaw Ridge

    Hacksaw Ridge

    This was going to be two stars, and then that finale happened, which is a shame since the film is actually rather interesting—if also fundamentally conflicted and confused—from the moment it relocates to Okinawa. (Everything before that is so dull that it's barely worth mentioning, except to note that Gibson tries to do Full Metal Jacket, but with Vince Vaughn in the R. Lee Ermey role, and a strange amount of the material played for laughs.) The disjunction between having…