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  • Fanny and Alexander
  • Black Death
  • Like Minds
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  • Iron Man 3

    ★½

  • The Avengers

    ★★★★½

  • Ghostland

    ★★★½

  • The Father Who Moves Mountains

    ★★½

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★★★★★

    To tell a love story without the expected words, phrases, and gestures meant to communicate specific thoughts, feelings, and private longings is particularly challenging to pull off, awkward and off-putting when executed even with the slightest hint of self-consciousness, but Luca Guadagnino’s surprisingly disarming “Call Me by Your Name,” based on the novel by André Aciman, makes it look like most graceful dance, so natural, delicate, and free of chains that prevent so many coming-of-age pictures from reaching their maximum…

  • Zodiac

    Zodiac

    ★★★★½

    A deliberate sidestepping of overt action is the strategy director David Fincher employs in “Zodiac,” a true crime thriller surrounding the hunt for the Zodiac killer who terrorized the San Francisco Bay Area from 1969 to 1971. Highly intelligent, meticulous, and efficient, at times the picture embodies the texture of a documentary in the way it dares to break away from the expected plot and dramatic parabola. What matters is information, how it is presented, and what conclusions, if any,…

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  • The Father Who Moves Mountains

    The Father Who Moves Mountains

    ★★½

    Make no mistake about it: Daniel Sandu’s “The Father Who Moves Mountains” is not a rescue adventure-drama seeped in Hollywood clichés. It is a mirthless character study of a man who has been a bully all his life which, to his credit, has taken him quite far. It appears that his domineering ways allowed him to flourish as an intelligence officer, and he has been privileged enough to be able to retire in his fifties, now married to his second…

  • Cry Macho

    Cry Macho

    ★★★

    We meet Mike Milo, former rodeo star, coming to work late and being fired by his boss. An average person, one whose life revolves around a paycheck and making ends meet, might have had a stronger reaction than our subject who is not at all perturbed by the news. It isn’t simply because Mike is living out his twilight years, or that he is tired, or has long expected it to happen. No, this is a man who finds no…

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  • Godzilla vs. Kong

    Godzilla vs. Kong

    ★★

    Here is yet another example of what is wrong with blockbusters these days: characters having more in common with stick figures than breathing, thinking, caring people; dialogue so dead that halfway through it comes across as though the picture has given up on words and so poorly executed reaction shots are allowed to run rampant; and there is no intrigue to be had or cherished. What it offers is flashing lights and a barrage of senseless noise; go to a…

  • Violation

    Violation

    ★★★★½

    Once a friend (with benefits) suggested that I spend the night. And when one of us fell asleep, the other should… go inside, if you know what I mean. “That’s rape,” I said, almost as an involuntary reaction, while attempting to detect a hint of whether the proposal was a joke. Suddenly there was uncomfortable confusion in the air. “It would be sexy,” retorted the voice right next to my ear but it felt like the words were coming from…