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  • The Long Day Closes
  • Two Lovers
  • Shame
  • Trouble Every Day

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  • Prey

    ★½

  • Elvis

    ★★★

  • Nope

    ★★★½

  • The Black Phone

    ★★

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  • Nope

    Nope

    ★★★½

    Between Michael Wincott, chopped and screwed Sunglasses At Night, and Peele’s metaphorical ethering of 6buzz, Nope is the unexpected CanadianContent event of the year.

    Strangely one-note (like one long entrancing yet anticlimactic scene as opposed to a fully fleshed-out narrative) and all over the place at the same time, but some seriously undeniable imagery. Peele has one hell of an imagination/subconscious, that’s for sure.

  • Crimes of the Future

    Crimes of the Future

    ★★★½

    Doubt vs. faith, authentic vs. performed, inside vs. out, organic vs. synthetic.

    Surprisingly much more cerebral than shocking.

    Somewhat incomplete and not amply explored — definitely could have given us another half hour and gone significantly harder — but what world-building and ideas.

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  • Compartment No. 6

    Compartment No. 6

    ★★★½

    Unromanticized, but so romantic. No greater destination than connection.

    Two beautiful, lonely performances. Odd couple chemistry for the books. 

    Imperfect and low key, but a bit of a kid sibling to Lost In Translation, In The Mood For Love, and Before Sunrise. 

    The warmest winter.

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★★

    I don't believe I've ever seen a film that's equally cruel as it is empathetic to its characters. Watching these identities unfold -- or not -- becomes, stealthily, an almost unbearably draining, unsettling experience. The interplay of gender and class with paranoia and vulnerability here is something of an unprecedented chemical reaction; a serene, realistic waking nightmare.

    Imagine having this much confidence in your storytelling, pacing, form, and ambiguity... BURNING is essentially the cinematic equivalent of negative space; SCHRODINGER'S CAT:…