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  • Dance in the Sun

    Dance in the Sun

    ★★★½

    Nice, lyrical dance sequence shifting seamlessly from outdoor sequences to those filmed in studios.

  • A Scary Time

    A Scary Time

    ★★★★

    Kids in Connecticut narrating their Halloween adventures edited together with starving children in impoverished countries as a UNICEF short. Clarke is clinical with the montage sequences...within the frame, creative geography, diegetic/nondiegetic soundscapes. UNICEF rejected the commissioned short. The trick-or-treaters are handed candy and apples to glut themselves on while the viewer is shown scenes of devastating global poverty. Horrors of capitalism and all that.

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  • The Florida Project

    The Florida Project

    ★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I think, for me, this film feels very American...but in a kind of depressing/disappointing way that says a lot more about the polluted state of this here national (indie?) cinema and nothing, really, about the people within its borders. It's kind of like a cheap, exploitative fictionalized ethnography that panders to sentimentality and voyeurism. The characters are meant to be taken as wholly unique, right? So, we forgive the mom, we admire the manager, and we love the kid. How…

  • Lady Bird

    Lady Bird

    ½

    The generational epitome of a foundered, self important, and very postmodern delusion.