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  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn
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  • Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind

    ★★★★½

  • Top Gun: Maverick

    ★★★½

  • North by Northwest

    ★★★★

  • Nope

    ★★★★

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  • Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind

    Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind

    ★★★★½

    Perhaps the ultimate expression of the animating punk spirit of the Hong Kong New Wave, a lethal cocktail of formal experimentation, explosive political anger imbued with prematurely weary nihilism, and daring tonal shifts that frequently culminate in violence.

  • North by Northwest

    North by Northwest

    ★★★★

    Drags its feet in the early-going but still dynamite entertainment, albeit without the edge or psychological depth of Hitchcock's best.

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  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★★

    Of all the praise to lay at the feet of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, one of the most arresting and profound artists at work today, the best I can think to offer him, right now, is this:

    In an age of absolutely untrammeled chaos, anxiety, and the sheer overwhelming buzz and roar of day-to-day urban living, his work—both thematically and explicitly—acts as a tonic, a restoration of our ability to center ourselves; serene, meditative, and open again to the possibilities of the present moment.

  • The Assassin

    The Assassin

    ★★★★★

    Not enough to say that this is among the best-looking films I've ever seen; Hou uses color with a freedom and expressiveness that I typically associate with painting, animation or, for that matter, hand-tinted silent films.