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  • The Sign of the Cross

    ★★★★½

  • The Old Dark House

    ★★★★

  • Love Me Tonight

    ★★★★★

  • Flee

    ★★½

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  • Flee

    Flee

    ★★½

    A sympathy-jerker, albeit with an interesting wrinkle in that the migrant hero turns out to be an unreliable narrator, his tale of woe exaggerated for asylum-seeking reasons; that's the real - as opposed to virtue-signalling - moral balancing act Europeans face right now, coming to terms with the fact that refugees often lie and try to game the system (they're just people, after all) while also withholding judgment and trying to hold on to our empathy. Not much nuance here,…

  • Palombella rossa

    Palombella rossa

    ★★★

    Originally on my website, reposting here to try and explain the low rating (which I went back and forth on, tbh):

    "I have too many thoughts in my head. But that's healthy." Fellini and Woody Allen come to mind, the former for the 8 1/2-ish framework - incl. childhood flashbacks - the latter for a director-star crafting comedy out of being beleaguered. Aprile, nine years later, had a film about a Trotskyist pastry chef - but this is a film…

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  • Space Jam: A New Legacy

    Space Jam: A New Legacy

    ★★

    Everything is product.

    Granny from Tweety and Sylvester fighting in The Matrix because hey, Warner Bros.

    Yet the message of the film is 'Be yourself! Do your own special thing!'.

    We love our corporate overlords.

  • Margaret

    Margaret

    ★★★★★

    Held me spellbound for three hours, if nothing else (extended cut, fwiw). 25th HOUR-ish - New York movie, moral drama about Doing the Right Thing, symphonic score over jagged rhythms - also Desplechin-ish for the sweep and scale, but more ambitious than either: an epic of human disconnection, based around the fact that language is such an imperfect way of trying to connect - emotion is easier, but we lose it as we grow older ("It is Margaret you mourn…