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  • The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★½

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★

  • C'mon C'mon

    ★★★★

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★½

    The sense memory of an ice cream cone on the beach, or peeling an orange. The things we long to run from and long to come back to. The way the past is alive in the present. This film is so very alive.

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    Goodbye, Dragon Inn

    ★★★★

    Watched this movie about the final hours of a movie palace in the final hours of 2021 via Metrograph At Home. A movie about movies, about how our relationship to movies is changing, about movie theaters as places of worship. Very long takes, very little dialogue. Palpable longing--for the past, for a connection that will never happen. The sense of time passing, the way the theater feels haunted by its own glory days. The solitude of the woman who works…

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  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★★★

    "She's the only home you have, Thomas."

    Warner Bros. was gonna resurrect the Matrix series with our without one or two Wachowskis at the helm. We'll never know, of course, but I suspect the film we would have gotten without Lana coming back for this one would have been more geared to audience expectations, more concerned with replicating the "cool" factor of the originals, and, quite possibly, much safer and duller as a result.

    I love this film. Both the…

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Oh, Dune. What are we to make of you, with your young white man of high birth on the path to becoming the leader of desert people, your evil baron whose fatness signifies his evil, your treacherous Asian man? Dune is...complicated. I think we need to reckon with those aspects, but I also think there are interesting wrinkles and complications worth talking about in Paul's arc, and in the suggestion that actually he may NOT be the chosen one, that…