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  • Only Two Can Play

    Only Two Can Play

    ★★★½

    Peter Sellers as an urbane - if relentlessly horny - Welsh librarian isn't the most obvious casting, but he brings it off superbly; if anything, the more lowbrow comedy - slapstick with gym equipment, frantic farce when the husband comes home unexpectedly - is less rewarding than the sophisticated satire of provincial mores (the source is a book by Kingsley Amis). Much to like, from Richard Attenborough as the local version of Corky St. Clair to the jowly old gentleman…

  • Waves

    Waves

    ★★★

    Shults' pyrotechnics seem a bit inappropriate, then again the sensory-overload style of Gaspar Noe or Beyond the Black Rainbow has its own exhilarating formal pop, even when the plot is a case of ostensibly real people navigating ostensibly real crises (as opposed to unreal people going beyond the black rainbow and stuff). Emotional impact is unlikely in any case, given the overall message which is - I don't even know, Love being awesome and redeeming all it touches? The love…

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  • 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…

  • Aloha

    Aloha

    ★★★★

    File with James L. Brooks' How Do You Know as a late-period rom-com that may seem inept because it dispenses with the usual pretence of realism (the magical setting helps, like it did, in a different way, in Almost Famous; maybe Crowe's peculiar sensibility needs the licence of an anything-goes milieu to really take flight). Myths and omens appear prominently. There's an emphasis on the touchy-feely - Danny McBride as Colonel "Fingers"; Bill Murray giving an impromptu massage - over…