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  • Faces Places
  • 3 Women
  • Bottle Rocket
  • No Country for Old Men

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  • Lifeboat

    ★★★★

  • The Iron Claw

    ★★★★

  • The Book of Life

    ★★★½

  • The Abyss

    ★★★

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  • The Zone of Interest

    The Zone of Interest

    ★★★★★

    I teach an essay by the novelist Francine Prose with a fairly rude allusion in the title: “I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read.” Unsurprisingly, based on the title, the essay deals with the mediocre books taught in high school and the oversimplified, boring way good books are taught in high school.

    Prose argues that books like To Kill a Mockingbird spoon-feed students moral lessons with a character like Atticus Finch, an unquestionably moral pillar of the community who represents all…

  • Poor Things

    Poor Things

    ★★★★½

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    About a half hour in and it seemed like Poor Things was trying just a bit too hard, but when Bella Baxter’s character arc starts coming into view, the screenplay starts making sense, and the totality of Emma Stone’s amazing performance becomes clear. Stone and director Yorgos Lanthimos created a sense of trust while making The Favourite that made Poor Things possible.

    Cinematographer Robbie Ryan and production designers James Price and Shona Heath conjure a world that Bella…

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  • The Iron Claw

    The Iron Claw

    ★★★★

    My father was both similar to and the complete opposite of Fritz von Erich, the patriarch of the famous wrestling family in Sean Durkin’s film The Iron Claw. He was like Fritz in that since he was very young, he cared about exactly one thing. His one thing was art, though. My father had his own one man show in Greenwich Village when he was sixteen, and he ended up curating museums in Manhattan and Paris and writing books about sculpture…

  • The Book of Life

    The Book of Life

    ★★★½

    Every Hal Hartley film I see-even if it’s flawed-makes me want to see more. “The Book of Life” isn’t great, but it’s a fascinating part of his filmography. I mean… It’s got PJ Harvey in it! ❤️ Harvey’s one of my favorite musicians, and this is probably the only review I’m gonna write about a PJ Harvey vehicle, so I’ll just write about her!

    PJ Harvey has been a star for so long now, but from the beginning, she’s always…

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  • Battle Royale

    Battle Royale

    ★★★★

    A coming of age story about not coming of age.

  • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    ★★★★½

    An eye for an eye for an eye for an eye for an eye for an eye for an eye for an eye for an eye...