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  • Peking Opera Blues

    Peking Opera Blues

    ★★★★½

    Revolutionary Pluralism

  • Ash Is Purest White

    Ash Is Purest White

    ★★★★

    Jia Zhang-ke has become the most important mainland Chinese filmmaker since Zhang Yimou at his peak in the early 1990s. That reputation has been built on the strength of two great works of documentary realism: 2000's Platform, which articulated China's post-socialist transformation, and 2006's Still Life, an activist film about the human toll of the Three Gorges Dam project. Jia broke from this aesthetic with 2013's A Touch of Sin and 2015's Mountains May Depart, and exposed his weaknesses as…

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  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion

    ★★★★★

    Anime in a-g.

    "I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't want to die. I don't…

  • The House That Jack Built

    The House That Jack Built

    ★★★★★

    ... Built into the multi-leveled architecture of what already feels like von Trier's greatest film to date is a relentlessly probing self-critique. The House That Jack Built resembles, at its foundation, various other predation and victimization narratives from throughout von Trier's filmography, stringing together vignette-like “incidents”—five in all—that depict brutal murders committed by Jack (Matt Dillon), an OCD-afflicted psychopath. But imbedded within the recognizable dramaturgy of von Trier's formally accomplished serial-killer film is the frame of an essay—an enthralling discourse…