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  • The Conformist
  • Barry Lyndon

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  • Shadow

    ★★½

  • Booksmart

    ★★★½

  • John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum

    ★★★½

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    ★★★★

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  • Shadow

    Shadow

    ★★½

    About half of the climactic fights feel alive and important, but the rest of the film is leaden, both in imagery and plot.  Deng Chao is serviceable as the hero, but as the villain, he grinds the film to a po-faces halt every scene.

  • Booksmart

    Booksmart

    ★★★½

    The film commits to a heightened, almost Mannerist energy nearly the whole way through; it only collapses into a conventional sentimentality midway through the protracted ending. There’s a number of really nice cinematographical grace notes.

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  • Happy Hour

    Happy Hour

    ★★★★

    It's 319 minutes and feels like perhaps half that. Absolutely brilliant acting and blocking. Weird to say I wish there were more of it.

  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★

    The script doesn't thread the needle between the overtly allegorical nature of all the characters and the incredibly specifically human humiliations visited upon Lawrence, nor does everything map out perfectly in the extended metaphor. That said, the parts that do work are astounding.