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  • Decision to Leave

    ★★★★½

  • The Breach

    ★★★★

  • The Unfaithful Wife

    ★★★½

  • This Man Must Die

    ★★★½

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  • An Autumn Tale

    An Autumn Tale

    ★★★★½

    Éric Rohmer’s “Tales of the Four Seasons” series concludes with a rejection of all the follies of ordered time, to instead embrace of what time we are given. 

    “Autumn Tale” is a comedy of romantic errors depicting two well-intending women; one mature and with children; the other, barely older than a child herself. Each tries to partner their resolutely single 40-ish friend with two different men. 

    If this, perhaps, was a film made by a younger Rohmer, or depicting a…

  • A Summer's Tale

    A Summer's Tale

    ★★★★★

    The three ages of love come to rest in a man who can contain only himself in Éric Rohmer’s “A Summer’s Tale.” 

    A young musician named Gaspard arrives in a coastal French town, where he awaits the late arrival of his girlfriend, while dabbling in the affections of two other women. 

    “Summer’s Tale” is reminiscent of the visual and textual splendor seen in Rohmer’s peak works of his “Morals” and “Comedies.” In a later career that tended towards the more…

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  • Decision to Leave

    Decision to Leave

    ★★★★½

    “Decision to Leave” is the unholy union between the two halves of Park Chan-wook’s career. 

    Park’s early works romanticised violent delights. His most recent stretch of films has delighted in violent romanticism. “Decision to Leave” is a bond between the two. 

    Essentially, if Park loves murder so much, why doesn’t he just marry it? In “Decision,” he more or less… does. 

    The film is a detective romance; a genre that should very well not exist, except within the realm of…

  • The Breach

    The Breach

    ★★★★

    Claude Chabrol gains an aspect of “Suspicion” in one of his most direct feature homages to Alfred Hitchcock. Only this one time, he might actually have outdone the master. 

    “La Rupture” stars Chabrol regular (also, wife) Stéphan Audran as a young woman who takes her child, and escapes from her abusive husband. She doesn’t make clear enough of a break though, as her rich father-in-law frames her for insanity in an effort to take custody of his grandson. 

    “La Rupture”…

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  • Luca

    Luca

    ★★★★½

    Disney, its time to come out of the closet. 

    I understand you are worried about how your family; Russia and China, will perceive you. It’s totally fair that you are concerned about them cutting you off. 

    But you have friends that will support you. 

    Friends, that, you have led along for years now. Most especially since “Frozen.” Friends who believe that you have intentions to live your truest self. 

    I have to say; someone in your position coming out would…

  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★★

    “Spencer” is less a portrait, than it is a fractured image of self-reflection split between its subject and its painter. 

    That painter, being Kristen Stewart, who does the commendable work of being the rare actor in a biopic to - not - sink totally and utterly into her role. And the film, and her performance, are all the more remarkable for that. 

    Rather than lose every bit of herself in Diana, Stewart instead merges physical and psychological aspects of herself…