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  • Goya: Or the Hard Way to Enlightenment

    ★★★★½

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★½

  • He Ran All the Way

    ★★★½

  • Christ Stopped at Eboli

    ★★★★½

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  • Goya: Or the Hard Way to Enlightenment

    Goya: Or the Hard Way to Enlightenment

    ★★★★½

    An East German-Russian co-production, with Bulgaria standing in ably for Spain, about an artist’s gradual turn away from authoritarian approval and toward artistic freedom and political activism. Impressionistic in its narrative approach, Goya is most remarkable in its painterly compositions and montage sequences that proceed with an unusual but arresting rhythm. This “double-bottom suitcase” of a film stands as a brilliant tribute to the enduring legacy of resistant art and a contemporary swipe at restrictive communist governance in the GDR,…

  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

    ★½

    All credit to Sam Raimi making a horror-adjacent MCU film, but even that can’t dissolve a decade and a half of turning some of comic book’s greatest heroes into smug, snarky, smart alecks of the type freely available at any junior high school. DSitMoM (an acronym that fittingly sounds like telling your own mother to STFU) uses the Scarlet Witch’s troubled four-colour history and turns it into uncomfortable grist for the cinematic mill, taking the identity-obliterating myth of total motherhood…

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  • Love, Death & Robots: Zima Blue

    Love, Death & Robots: Zima Blue

    ★★★★½

    The strongest of the LD+R shorts by far - stylishly animated, beautifully graphical, elegantly philosophical, and all without the need for gunfire, explosions, or roaring maws of monstrous beasts. Wonderful.

  • The Wanting Mare

    The Wanting Mare

    ★★½

    Screened for the 2020 Chattanooga Film Festival!

    The Wanting Mare is a gorgeous film to watch and probably a beautifully written one as well, but it is unfortunately left wanting by its cryptic fantasy world which needs more than the barest of details actually offered. The faraway looks, allusive dialogue, and wistful sadness that dominates most of the film (particularly the latter two-thirds) becomes tiring in short order. The Wanting Mare could probably be just as impressive playing silently, which is a testament to its tremendous visuals and to it being substantially underwritten. I’ll be interested to see the director’s next film.