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  • Casting JonBenet

    Casting JonBenet

    ★★★

    "Said evidence is provided by various actors — mostly consisting of Boulder residents — who are ostensibly auditioning for a filmed reproduction of the murder and unsolved investigation. This ersatz movie is, as may be surmised, a mere pretense to shoot this footage of interviews and recreations. Almost certainly unintentionally, Green’s central gambit bears a marked similarity to the premise of last year’s documentary Kate Plays Christine, directed by Robert Greene. But while that truly provocative film used only a…

  • Daughters of the Dust

    Daughters of the Dust

    ★★★½

    Almost too willfully metaphorical at times, as Julie Dash's film feels like it moves with abandon through time and space. But it never feels weightless: there is such a grounding, an intrinsic foundation in the history and people of the island, that strongly colors every interaction. Perhaps inevitably, I was most moved and astounded by the clash between religions; it is the most significant of the various conflicts, but it underpins everything. It is inextricably woven into the fabric of the culture that connects all of the characters.

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  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

    ★★★★

    Batman v Superman is a brutal film, but not in its attitudes towards the narrative, the characters, or the viewer. Instead, it is astounding in the frank, unrestrained, yet almost impressionistic approach towards the subject matter and the weighty themes at hand. Snyder and his collaborators are unblinking in their depiction of the violence and lack of heroics that take place in a changed, darker world that in many, many ways reflects our own, but, incredibly, make them palatable in…

  • Deadpool

    Deadpool

    ★★

    I'm not sure whether the greater sin of this film is either how pointlessly offensive or how boring this is. For all of the macho schoolboy posturing that this movie pushes towards the idea that it is a parody and a subversion of a standard superhero movie, it is ultimately a bland and cliched idea that can't decide whether it wants to be a genuinely heartfelt drama or a gleefully juvenile action movie, and becomes neither. Some of the jokes…