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  • Run

    Run

    ★★★

    A mother becomes increasingly unhinged and obsessed with her daughter that she makes up illnesses and cause injuries to make her more vulnerable under her care. In Run, director Aneesh Chaganty energizes a familiar, predictable narrative with great buildup of tension, and superb performances. Chaganty builds up the first half like a Hitchcock film, but then the film stumbles inevitably when the film becomes a full-blown “slasher” film. It would be nice if Chaganty offered a more subversive take on…

  • The Forty-Year-Old Version

    The Forty-Year-Old Version

    ★★★½

    The gifted Radha Blank directs, writes, and acts in her debut feature in this charming, and exuberant character study The 40-Year-Old Version. Blank stars as a struggling playwright discovering a newfound passion: to become a rapper in an attempt to fill her artistic hunger. Aside from Blank being a true jack of all trades, she relishes on her inner charm and attitude to make her character Radha resonate. Radha might be annoying and selfish at times, but her desperation to…

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  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★★

    Ruben Östlund's sophisticated, wickedly funny, and intriguing dissection of masculinity, gender roles, marriage, and relationships is irresistibly alive, uncomfortable, yet absolutely clever. Östlund's psychodrama follows a couple and their kids in a ski vacation somewhere in France, but the couple's relationship is severely tested by an avalanche that will trigger their inner demons, as well examine their moral dilemmas.

    It's like Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with special participation of Haneke's cold precision. Ostlund…

  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle's smashing, adrenaline-fueled, electrifying drama is bloody exhilarating to watch as it is uncomfortably compelling. Chazelle is surely one of the up and coming directors we need to watch out for. His youthful, energetic, intense direction is felt on screen and it's mind-blowing. The film follows a young jazz drummer and his quest to be the best among the rest in a prestigious music conservatory.

    This film reminds me of Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, and Black Swan, as their…