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  • Section 1
  • World on a Wire
  • The Seventh Victim
  • Flowers of Shanghai

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  • Section 1

    ★★★★½

  • World on a Wire

    ★★★★½

  • Play It as It Lays

    ★★★½

  • Remember My Name

    ★★★★

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  • Lolita

    Lolita

    ★★★★

    "Stanley Kubrick seems like an odd filmmaker to claim as having underrated films. I’m not as great a fan as most cinephiles, but given the extraordinarily high levels of continued interest and waves of reappraisal and renewed appreciation for such disparate films throughout his career as Barry Lyndon and Eyes Wide Shut, not to mention the omnipresent adoration for Dr. Strangelove, A Clockwork Orange, and 2001, it would be easily understandable if one assumed every film aside from his first…

  • Will-o’-the-Wisp

    Will-o’-the-Wisp

    ★★★½

    "Will-o’-the-Wisp, João Pedro Rodrigues’s long-awaited follow-up feature to The Ornithologist, almost seems to take the form of a sketch. Running a slender 67 minutes and seeming to concentrate its action into a matter of days, the film’s structure bears a closer resemblance to Un chien andalou than anything else: it begins in the year 2069, before hopping back to 2011, then forward to “some years later,” then “one year later,” which is where the bulk of the film takes place.…

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  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★½

    "I don’t usually like to make my life and background the focus of my reviews, since my general inclinations are to let my observations assume their personality from what I choose to write about and to not interfere with the text itself. But Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert’s Everything Everywhere All at Once begs for me to consider it in light of this. There are certain aspects of myself that, for various reasons, I can’t bring into this piece, but suffice…

  • Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    ★★

    "Crazy Rich Asians otherwise has no time or inclination to explore anything traditional in Asian culture unless it is explicitly related to the plot in a way intended to draw out the nigh-villainous qualities of the Youngs. The movie’s most fundamental and detrimental demerit is its frequent flattening of characters and centuries-old practices into one-dimensional stereotypes, conflating so many different attributes so as to create something muddled and more than a little offensive."

    Reviewed this repulsive, shallow film for The Film Stage. I got a little mad.