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  • Victoria & Abdul

    Victoria & Abdul

    ★★★½

    Few people do tasteful, middle-of-the-road Oscar-bait quite as well as Stephen Frears, especially when actresses like Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, and Meryl Streep are involved. THE QUEEN, PHILOMENA, MRS. HENDERSON PRESENTS, FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS, the man's name has almost become synonymous with a certain type of blandly inoffensive, "Masterpiece Theater" drama that Oscar voters routinely lap up.

    I'll admit, I'm a sucker for this kind of thing, and generally find Frears' particular bland of fluff to be the cinematic equivalent…

  • Human Flow

    Human Flow

    ★★★★½

    Chinese artist and dissident Ai WeiWei takes a powerful look at the global refugee crisis in his new documentary, HUMAN FLOW. Whether the refugees come from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, or sub-Saharan Africa, Ai pulls back to examine the crisis from a worldwide perspective, but he does so by focusing on its human toll, as thousands flee war and atrocity only to be turned away and demonized by those who will never experience suffering on that level. It seems like…

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  • mother!

    mother!

    ★★★★½

    There have been few widely released films produced by a major studio as daring and audacious as Darren Aronofsky's MOTHER!, a haunting and divisive Biblical allegory that has shocked audiences across the world and received a blistering Cinemascore of "F." That should almost be a badge of honor considering how good the film really is. MOTHER! is by no means a film for everyone, but it's one of the most bracing and engrossing works of experimental art in recent memory.…

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks

    ★★★★½

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.