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  • Black Narcissus
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock

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  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her

    ★★★★½

  • La Chinoise

    ★★★★★

  • The Good House

    ★★★

  • Dead for a Dollar

    ★★★½

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  • House of Darkness

    House of Darkness

    ★★★½

    This isn’t as much of a spoiler as it sounds but it’s inevitable that Neil LaBute‘s House of Darkness will earn comparisons to Emerald Fennell‘s Promising Young Woman. I actually had to double check to confirm that House of Darkness‘ male lead, Justin Long, didn’t appear in Fennell’s movie (that would be Adam Brody). LaBute’s film undeniably belongs to that same tradition (see also David Mamet‘s Oleanna) of dialectics about entitled, predatory men overmatched by intellectually formidable women. And any…

  • Peter von Kant

    Peter von Kant

    ★★★½

    There’s a distinction to be made, for what it’s worth, that François Ozon’s new film, Peter von Kant, is not technically an adaption of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1972 film The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant but rather a new adaptation of Fassbinder’s original play, on which his own film is based. Whatever. In any case, both films betray their stagey roots by taking place almost entirely in a single location; in Fassbinder’s case, the apartment of a fashion designer…

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