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  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★½

  • The Rescue

    ★★★★

  • Ciao Alberto

    ★★★½

  • The Simpsons in Plusaversary

    ½

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  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★½

    The Green Knight is a king’s bounty of a cinematic harvest. Foremost, it is a meaty slice of medieval fantasy specially prepared for adults, an order so rarely served on the big screen these days that it rendered me near reverence. Furthemore, it is a scrutiny of greatness and what it means to be great, an inspection of honor, a rumination on legacy. Moreover, and miraculously, it is an unlikely Christmas movie. For these reasons and more, I found cause…

  • Dick Johnson Is Dead

    Dick Johnson Is Dead

    ★★★★★

    ► VIDEO: Why Dick Johnson Is Dead Just Became My Film of the Year

    How do we approach the sunset of a loved one’s life? Do we treat it like a taboo topic, not wishing to discuss it until we’re on death’s doorstep or do we approach it head-on, with our eyes wide to the inevitability of it all? Filmmaker Kirsten Johnson doesn’t wait idly by for death to come knocking at her father’s door. No, she flings the door…

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★½

    Here is a dauntless and discerning revisionist Western that undresses the cowboy prototype and makes John Wayne roll in his grave. Stunning cinematography, a ponderous score and terrific performances across the board, especially from Benedict Cumberbatch, Jesse Plemons and Kodi Smit-McPhee.

    Honestly, I only have two bones to pick with this near-masterpiece:
    1) Some of the supporting actors feel rather wasted when all is considered (i.e. Thomasin McKenzie and Keith Carradine).
    2) For a story as confidently told as this,…

  • The Rescue

    The Rescue

    ★★★★

    An emotional and thrilling documentary made possible by soul-baring interviews and seamless recreations.

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  • Eternals

    Eternals

    ★★

    A huge swing and a huge miss. Introducing 10 new superheroes for a millennium-spanning epic in a single film feels akin to squeezing the Hulk into Rocket Raccoon’s battle suit. While I admire the ambition, the result is simply not a good fit.

    There are big, bold and beautiful moments to be sure, but without the necessary character groundwork, these mostly arrive unearned. A heavy reliance on explanatory exposition—the worst kind—further exacerbates the strained narrative. I sensed trouble from the…

  • 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…