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  • Killing Them Softly

    Killing Them Softly

    It's got the authentic feel of George V Higgins, a writer I cherish, but the handling is weirdly numb & occasionally hamfisted. The worst use of music cues imaginable. That's just a cosmetic problem but it distracts from the film's virtues, a solid view of criminality as small business, a great cast, nice detail. I suppose in the end this could've been a terrific little movie but it got half-inflated into something that wants to be bigger. Discerning its hidden modesty is difficult but not impossible.

  • Okja

    Okja

    ★★★★★

    My Neighbor Totoro, but Totoro is for lunch. Joyous, beautiful, big-hearted, nightmarish & eventually quietly devastating.

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  • World of Tomorrow

    World of Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

    A dizzyingly sad, funny, overwhelmingly beautiful short film that manages to contain almost every fear imaginable about what the future of humanity might bring inside a brief fifteen minute running time. I've only watched this once but will be watching it repeatedly, not just to delve into its mysteries but to enjoy the journey. What you'll only get one time, though, is the jaw-dropping horror of the final moments. I shouted at the screen when *the thing* happened. Then the…

  • Zootopia

    Zootopia

    ★★★★

    Wildly inventive use of the 'mismatched buddy' paradigm in a film that interrogates ideas about racial stereotyping in a way that genuinely surprised & excited me. It's also a sly satire on the War On Drugs with a nice little nod to Breaking Bad near the end. Social satire in the guise of kids' entertainment- stuffed with visual & verbal wit. Highly recommended. I would prefer to see it 2D however- the noir visuals are at times too dark for the 3D glasses to handle.