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  • The Devils
  • Torso
  • Harakiri
  • Cruising

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  • X-Men

    ★★★

  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★½

  • Born to Win

    ★★★½

  • For a Few Dollars More

    ★★★★½

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  • The Rules of the Game

    The Rules of the Game

    ★★★★½

    Worthy of all the praise it gets heaped on it. Like a lot of early masters (Lang, Welles, etc), Renoir is so ahead of his time technically and thematically. High recommend from me. 8.75/10.

  • Spontaneous

    Spontaneous

    ★★★½

    Please don't let this poster deter you from seeing this film. What a wonderfully heartfelt, assured debut film from Brian Duffield. I went in expecting a splattery high school set black comedy and came away with something much more; a sincere look at our teenage years, while ruminating on love, loss, grief and friendship. The characters are so earnest, yet never mawkish. I was pleasantly surprised with how touched I was with this one and how deftly handled it all was. Duffield, as well as the uniformly great cast are all ones to watch. 7.5/10.

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  • The Vast of Night

    The Vast of Night

    ★★★½

    What a wonderful, atmospheric, little film. So handsome. I can't heap enough praise on all those that were involved in the production. Beautifully shot and lit. Exceptionally well written. Efficiently edited. The acting from our leads and the supporting cast is rock solid. The period looks note perfect. Patterson has crafted a great calling card. I'll be quite keen to see what he does next.

    Make or break scene: the riveting, heartbreaking scene with Gail Cronauer.

    MVT: Andrew Patterson (what a magician).

    7.5/10

  • Tokyo Olympiad

    Tokyo Olympiad

    ★★★★★

    Wow. What a work this was. I knew within the first few minutes I was in for something special. As soon as I'd heard Criterion was releasing this, I had to have it. Ichikawa is a beautiful poet and captures so much humanity with this one. HIGH recommend from me.