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  • American Honey

    American Honey

    ★★★½

    The American Dream as a grim fairy tale. Andrea Arnold's American Honey focuses on a teenage girl, Star (Sasha Lane, in her film debut), who lives in abusive poverty in the South. Star longs to escape her situation & is enticed by Jake (Shia LaBeouf) to run off with a "mag crew", a group of young adults traveling across the Midwest selling magazines door to door. The film becomes a road movie, exploring the class system in America with varying degrees…

  • The Neon Demon

    The Neon Demon

    ★★★½

    Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon is a beautiful, abstract, horrifying and ultimately flawed take-down of the fashion industry in Los Angeles. Refn’s images and use of color are undeniably gorgeous and fashion photo shoots prove a perfect setting for his talents. Here, his penchant for inertly posing his actors feels much more natural, as opposed to the way the same tactic stalled out his prior effort, Only God Forgives. The Neon Demon includes some of 2016’s most stunning imagery.…

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  • Tricks

    Tricks

    ★★★★

    A charming film that gets the details and rhythms (playfulness, boredom, anger & longing) of a child's small-town life exactly right. The (apparently) non-professional actors are all excellent, while the direction and writing lets the "magical realism" spring from the emotion of the characters, rather than overwhelm it. Happy to have stumbled on this film as part of the city's international screening program.

  • Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    ★★½

    A perfectly executed bad idea of a film.