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  • Wilcox

    Wilcox

    ★★½

    A mysterious, dialogue-free study of a drifter in the Canadian woods, largely reworking INTO THE WILD, that never establishes much reason why one should delve further into its enigmas.

  • Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

    Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

    ★★★

    The Band's music is quite distant from rock'n'roll cliche, which is one reason their first 2 albums still sound so fresh. Even at the time, they dressed like 19th-century college professors as psychedelia was raging around them. But it's sad to see the degree to which the life stories of Levon Helm, Rick Danko and Richard Manuel played out the familiar and long-running "fame leads to addiction and early death" template. I do wish they were still around to give their side of the group's history to this documentary: Robertson is the only member interviewed; while Garth Hudson is still alive, he didn't participate.

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  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ★½

    When JOJO RABBIT opens in the US Friday, it will open the gates of hell, bringing forth 1)gushing praise from people taking it as face value as an "anti-hate satire" and 2)reactive hot takes from people who perceive it as this year's equivalent of THREE BILLBOARDS and GREEN BOOK. I hope this doesn't come across the latter, because it's not an outrage. It's a snooze. I want to make it clear that I have nothing against dark, politically incorrect comedy…

  • The Plagiarists

    The Plagiarists

    ★★★½

    As obnoxious as its characters, but far smarter and more self-aware. The cinematography, which uses very primitive video cameras, had me thinking "Dogme 95," and 20 minutes in, one of the characters brings it up. The score relies on smooth jazz that sounds like a porn soundtrack, featuring an electric piano so tinkly that I wanted to smash its keys in, but the closing credits reveal that all the music came from a website that gives away generic songs in…