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  • Pumpkin

    ★★★½

  • Official Competition

    ★★★★

  • Last Dance

    ★★★½

  • Nanny

    ★★★

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  • Pumpkin

    Pumpkin

    ★★★½

    Revisits & revises the most disastrously wrong-footed gag from Drop Dead Gorgeous—Will Sasso as the disabled comic relief—and somehow makes it work, mostly by using that archetype as a blank slate for other characters to project their worst qualities onto. Mean, dreamlike, sloppy, and very likely in poor taste, but also an unlikely charmer

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  • Official Competition

    Official Competition

    ★★★★

    A film industry satire that borrows a lot of aesthetic surface details from the Almodóvar playbook, but repurposes them for broad goofball schtick. And it works! The jokes are constant & consistently funny; it all builds to a shockingly icy punchline; and it's just a joy, as always, to spend a couple hours with Penélope Cruz (this time sporting one of cinema's all-time greatest wigs)

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  • Are We Not Cats

    Are We Not Cats

    ★★★★

    For all its dirty Detroit soul & doom metal sound cues, colorful Quintron-esque musical contraptions, and horrific flashes of skincrawl gore, this is ultimately about intimacy & mutual addiction. As memorable as its grotesque, psychedelic freak-outs can be, their impact is equaled if not bested by the tender melancholy of lines like 'When was the last memory you have of not being truly alone?' The details of the romance that ends that loneliness construct a body horror nightmare of open sores & swallowed…

  • Good Time

    Good Time

    ★★★★½

    There’s deeply uncomfortable sexual & racial context to most of the main character’s crimes, but there’s also an economic desperation in his acts of theft, kidnapping, and breaking & entering that inform his decisions to commit them. In one telling scene, he pauses to watch an episode of the 90s reality show Cops, which similarly repackaged systemic economic hardship as an entertainment commodity, only to be disgusted by the pain on display on the screen. Good Time aims to disgust & discomfort in…