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  • Comrades, Almost a Love Story
  • Le Grand Amour
  • The Face of Another
  • Her Love Boils Bathwater

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  • Gilda

    ★★★½

  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2

    ★★½

  • Murder, My Sweet

    ★★★

  • Meet John Doe

    ★★★½

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  • Rehana Maryam Noor

    Rehana Maryam Noor

    ★★★★

    This is the best Bangladeshi film I've ever seen.

    Championing Bangladeshi cinema has been an uphill battle as most films from the country still lack a certain sophistication and finesse, both fundamentally and technically, that limits their ability to compete at the global level. With its selection into Cannes' Un Certain Regard, Rehana Maryam Noor certainly hinted at changing that—yet, I avoided watching the film for the longest time due to fear of disappointment.

    I am thankful to have been…

  • The Last Witness

    The Last Witness

    ★★★★

    I've met Park Chan-wook three times in my life: At a signing for Oldboy at Tower Records in Soho, then at the NYFF premiere of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance and once again at a Q&A for Thirst at the same festival. Only at the last event did I get to ask him whom his favorite inspirations were: He said Kim Ki-young and Yasuzo Masumura—which led me to binge on the latter’s works.

    But now, having watched The Last Witness, it's…

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  • Out of the Past

    Out of the Past

    ★★★★½

    It’s pretty obvious why David Cronenberg paid homage to Out of the Past in A History of Violence: If you’re going to put a twist on a genre, why not pay respect to its standard-bearers? Tourneur’s take on classic film-noir is thoughtful and riveting. The directing is meticulous, setting up a moody atmosphere, taking time to play out scenes that would otherwise have been rushed and making sure each of our characters are aptly developed. I can also now finally…

  • Godzilla

    Godzilla

    ★★★½

    You’ve done it, Gareth Edwards: You have given me everything I’ve ever wanted in a mainstream monster film in a neat, two-hour package. The subtlety, the lore, the focus on the smallest of details. In fact, you’ve almost made me forget Ferris Bueller’s taint on Godzilla! Your ability to capture the feeling of a devastating, towering presence in a metropolis of your choosing has yielded memories of classic kaiju adventures! The respect you pay to the genre is only surpassed…

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