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  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    “Don’t laugh. You’ll see.”

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★

    Less of a film and more of a conceptual piece, a deeply self-aware cinematic mash-up that recalls the big budget Hollywood experimental filmmaking of Gus Van Sant's Psycho. The result is a good deal less than the sum of its parts, which are frequently quite strong (the production design, the cinematography, Phoenix's performance).

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  • Knight of Cups

    Knight of Cups

    ★★★★★

    My new favorite in the Late Malick style - out-Manns Mann, out-Korines Korine (cf. Spring Breakers). A tremendous film, and probably his best on a pure visual level, which is really saying something.

  • Two Lovers

    Two Lovers

    ★★★★½

    My first time seeing it theatrically (maybe 7th or 8th time overall) and on 35mm to boot! Merci, Grand Action.

    This time around, I noticed the dialogue is chock full of people referencing their nostalgic feelings about things: Leonard's parents' house reminds both Michelle and Sandra's father of where they grew up; Michelle's Manhattan-dwelling married boyfriend Ronald reminisces about the pizza place in Brighton Beach where Leonard still lives; Michelle asks Leonard to draw letters on her arm like her…