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  • Breakwater

    Breakwater

    ★★★★

    This completely calmed my soul. Such lovely, tender and peaceful manifestations of bodies in relaxation and companionship. This slice of life doc, presented as part of MUBI’s New Brazilian Cinema, follows a group of friends from São Paulo ringing in the New Year along a remote beach. They sunbathe, trim one another’s hair and make sweet music together. It’s perfectly uninhibited and altogether life-affirming.

    ◘ MUBI (Highland, UT)

  • Doggone Biscuits

    Doggone Biscuits

    ★★★

    Pluto is thicc boi.

    21st Century Mickey Mouse Shorts: Ranked

    YouTube (Highland, UT)

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  • Hands of Bresson

    Hands of Bresson

    ★★★★

    Young hands. Old hands. Clean hands. Dirty hands. Free hands. Imprisoned hands. Steady hands. Shaky hands. The hands of an alcoholic. The hands of a pickpocket. Black and white hands. Hands in color.

    You can learn a lot about a filmmaker's body of work by focusing on one part of the body. Video essayist Kogonada artfully isolates the hands at work in the films of French auteur Robert Bresson. The director is known for lingering shots on hands, perhaps something…

  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    ★★

    This sequel trilogy could be summarized with an analogy of a teenager whose parents go away for the weekend:

    THE FORCE AWAKENS sees the teen playing things incredibly safe and following all the rules their parents set for them. It’s a sweet gesture, but it kind of makes you wish the kid had some personality of their own.

    THE LAST JEDI on the other hand is a conscious bending and breaking of those rules. It’s a raucous house party with…