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  • Madeline's Madeline

    Madeline's Madeline

    ★★★★

    Is art always therapeutic? What if the creator's intentions aren't entirely pure, or start to blur from sympathetic to exploitative? Those are some of the questions Decker is exploring in this fascinatingly weird little movie, though certainly not all, and I don't feel confident I got everything she's going for here. But that's ok, because I still found it upsetting and funny and oddly thrilling to experience. It's so rare these days to watch something and have no idea at…

  • Peppermint Soda

    Peppermint Soda

    ★★★★½

    A marvelous little slice of French life in the same vein of Truffaut's 400 Blows, except about teenage girls so it feels both more tender and unsparing. Taking place over the span of one school year it has an episodic, somewhat meandering pace, but both Anne and Frederique are so compelling to watch that I hardly noticed. The fluctuations in their closeness felt very realistic (me and my sister also have a similar age difference) as did the way it…

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  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    To the asshole at the 7:30 Angelika showing who could not stop giggling: if you can't be a fucking grown up, don't see grown up movies. That is all. This was wonderful, despite that one asshole.

  • 45 Years

    45 Years

    ★★★★

    Maybe the most devastating final shot of the year. But then I haven't seen The Road Chip yet.