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  • Minding the Gap

    Minding the Gap

    ★★★½

    A thematic scattershot that eventually coalesces into something just short of poignant. The reverberations of abuse are artfully approached with some fantastic editing, yet a lot of ground is left unexplored and we’re generally just left with someone in tears on camera. That’s a fine breakthrough, but not a conclusion.

  • You Were Never Really Here

    You Were Never Really Here

    ★★★

    You’d probably be better served, and definitely more entertained, by listening to the Last Podcast on the Left’s Kuklinski episodes. This wasn’t bad by any means, but you walk away feeling like you’ve seen all of this before in pieces of other films, and the pieces here don’t quite fit.

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  • Get Out

    Get Out

    ★★½

    Let’s the good out of the way first. Between the Key and Peele duo, Jordan always seemed to be the more cerebral and deliberate (and talented) half, and much of the first half of GET OUT delivers on his promise. The pre-title sequence is among the best staged horror I’ve seen post-SCREAM. The camerawork on display, with his ability to deploy intricate tracking shots and extreme closeups, is pretty rare for a feature debut and reminiscent of Shyamalan’s poise. Peele…

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★★½

    This film explores the primal instincts of men vs women a la Loktev's THE LONELIEST PLANET from 2012. Where that film was vague and essentially binary in it's progression (before event vs. after event), FORCE MAJEURE is explicit in its thematic notions and plays with them in several different scenarios throughout the runtime. Quite hilarious and contemplative. That scene at the ski lounge with the two male characters getting approached by women is gold. Also laughed my ass off at the dad's sobbing outburst near the end.