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  • Family Dinner

    ★★★

  • One Fine Morning

    ★★★★

  • Watcher

    ★★★½

  • Speak No Evil

    ★★★

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  • Speak No Evil

    Speak No Evil

    ★★★

    nziff #9 - undoubtedly some cultural context I'm missing here, and it's hard to deny that it's well-acted and well-shot, with its gradual ramping-up of tension working in an effective manner. but something about it increasingly rubbed me the wrong way as it went on. that's by design, of course, but it's the kind of narrative that has struck every beat it intends to long before the halfway point, and continues to hit those beats in increasingly nasty fashion to…

  • Flux Gourmet

    Flux Gourmet

    ★★★★

    nziff #8 - the endless back and forth between Elle and Jan Stevens about the use of a flanger had me wondering what kind of notes Peter Strickland has gotten from executives on his movies over the years. in some ways, Flux Gourmet is the apotheosis of his career to this point. it feels like a departure at least superficially, without as obvious a connection to the aesthetic and genre pastiche his other films have inhabited fairly comfortably, if on…

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  • Before Sunset

    Before Sunset

    ★★★★

    The only sequel I've ever seen that not only betters the original, but also makes the original better in retrospect. Linklater brings his usual excellent sense of time and place to Before Sunset, and the second encounter between Celine and Jesse is even more poignant than the first.

    Hawke is just as excellent here as he is in the first: he's fantastic with the dialogue, but my favourite moment of his performance is on the boat, with Hawke watching Delpy…

  • The Nightingale

    The Nightingale

    ★★★★

    Jennifer Kent's follow-up to The Babadook also centres on a traumatised woman. Where that film confined itself largely to the domestic space, however, The Nightingale uses the landscape of 19th-century Australia as the canvas for a kind of revisionist western. Revisionist westerns are more common in the 21st century than the classical form, of course, but The Nightingale is powered by a distinctly feminine fury. Kent's choice to shoot in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio deprives viewers of the panoramic vistas…