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  • Wind Traces

    Wind Traces

    ★★★½

    Seen at the Chicago International Film Festival

    Wind Traces or Restos de Viento is a film of small moments. Directed by cinematographer Jimena Montemayor it explores a family’s grief after a loss.

    The matriarch and now sole parent, Carmen (Dolores Fonzi), struggles to get out of bed. She seeks comfort but cannot be comforted. She attempts to live on as she was but can’t seem to manage like in the opening scenes where she attempts to make breakfast after she…

  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★½

    Maureen (Kristen Stewart) walks through an empty house. As she meanders through it changes from bright day to shadowy night. The wind rattles around her. She whispers “Lewis” into the darkness. She gets no response and instead just continues wandering through this home. It’s a home that now feels more like some labyrinthine cave. A cave with no light, no love or hope. Such is my experience in trying to weave my way through Oliver Assayas’ most recent venture.

    It…

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  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★½

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

    I don’t understand why some people are not concerned.

    The above quote from Bill Gates was used in a trailer for the film. As the film unfolded, my mind brought back that Gates quote over and over and over. The film ends, at least for me, with that question and explains its importance. Because this film is so important let’s get the “filmy” stuff out of the way.

    Alex Garland made this film for 11 million euros which is roughly…

  • Mad Max: Fury Road

    Mad Max: Fury Road

    ★★★★★

    I haven't seen the other Mad Max films. I'm also not a huge action movie person. With that in mind, this movie completely blew my mind. I knew it would. I saw the trailer in the theatres months ago and almost cried I was so excited. Even then you could see this film was special and Miller's vision was on a scale unlike many working today.

    I ended up seeing it in 3D which I wasn't necessarily looking to do.…