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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★★★

    There's value showing these folks living on the margins of Disney World, probably for the first time in a promoted Oscar contender; but for me, there's just a little too much apparent gaping at the silly poor people. I also think one would have to like kids a lot more than I do to enjoy or get much out of their patter. It just grated on me. Nice to see Dafoe acting against type but again, his performance is a…

  • Alex Strangelove

    Alex Strangelove

    ★★

    Awfully familiar.

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  • Her

    Her

    I can't imagine anyone who reads sci-fi more than casually, or even someone who's seen a decent number of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, and especially anyone who's read Richard Powers' prescient and emotionally rich Galatea 2.2, or perhaps a reasonably informed average user of modern computers, to do anything but scoff and laugh at Spike Jonez's superficial attempt to speculate about artificially intelligent agents in, what? The near future? An alternate universe? Inside his head? Every time someone…

  • La Cienaga

    La Cienaga

    ★★★★★

    I can't think of a more accomplished, incisive and illuminating director of actors than Lucrecia Martel, particularly in the naturalistic style she's fond of, and there's no better observer and skewerer of a particular set of social mores. This is my Argentina, every frame of this movie says, and instead of being off-putting or condescending, as the tone of most American directors out of Hollywood would take of their societies, the feel here is intimate and painful — the terror of true self-awareness. That this was her first feature still astonishes me. The Chekhov comparisons are not hyperbole.