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  • The New World
  • Walkabout
  • Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
  • Upstream Color

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  • Top Gun

    ★★½

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★½

  • The Afterlight

    ★★★★

  • The Northman

    ★★★

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  • New Jerusalem

    New Jerusalem

    ★★★★

    One of the most beautifully sincere scenes in cinema that left me on the verge of tears—the one of all the men swimming beneath the bridge—is embedded within this tender, bravely patient film that, as a friend on Letterboxd aptly puts it, "critiques religion without antagonizing it." Both leads deliver incredible performances that animate their idiosyncrasies with affecting sympathy, Colm O'Leary as a weary-faced wanderer and Will Oldham as a somewhat dogmatic, but nonetheless well-intentioned, believer. It is incredible rewarding…

  • Mumblecore

    Mumblecore

    ★★★

    Because the directors are presumably on drugs in almost every scene, there isn't much tension between self-representation and "realism." Indeed, their ostensible drug-induced earnestness ensures that the film itself is never boring. What is instead most interesting to ponder upon is less how the film is less a document of drug use but rather one of globalized aimlessness. Compellingly edited, the film's very webcam aesthetic makes us feel almost as if we were engaged in a feature-length Skype call, inviting…