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  • The Turin Horse
  • The Great Beauty
  • Son of Saul
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  • The Northman

    ★★★½

  • The Lives of Others

    ★★★½

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★

  • France

    ★★★

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  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I had fun watching this. It's not as thoughtful as The VVitch or as bonkers as The Lighthouse, but it's a big, gorgeous spectacle with a super weird vibe, and I can appreciate that.

  • The Lives of Others

    The Lives of Others

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Caught this because it's much-acclaimed and was about to leave the Criterion Channel. It was slick and well-done (with terrific acting) but the writing put me off a bit, with some rather implausible story beats (Wiesler's 180 is just frankly not believable - nothing about his established character leads one to believe he would make the kind of sacrifice he does for art - he spends the entirety of the one play we see him attend monitoring the playwright with…

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  • Listening to Kenny G

    Listening to Kenny G

    ★★★★½

    If you think you hate Kenny G...

    This will not change your mind! Director Penny Lane has pulled off a neat trick here and created a documentary to serve both fans of Kenny G and his detractors.

    The doc starts by introducing a number of jazz historians and professors, who you assume are there to talk about how Kenny G's music is not only "not jazz" but is milquetoast, sterile, corporatized, and uninformed by jazz history. But then she switches…

  • Never Look Away

    Never Look Away

    This is a bad TV movie with extra-high production values. The dramatic choices and writing are all so trite and predictable that this almost feel like a parody of Oscar Bait (how many times can a naked couple roll painfully across a floor in an aesthetically-pleasing manner? more than you'd think!) Extra star because I really loved watching the painting, that was gorgeous. I came out of it wanting to know more about this artist and this period of art…