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  • Beau Travail
  • Miami Vice
  • Army of Shadows
  • All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

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  • Of Whales, the Moon, and Men

    ★★★★★

  • Polytechnique

    ★★★

  • The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

    ★★★★½

  • Don't Look Now

    ★★★★★

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  • Killers of the Flower Moon

    Killers of the Flower Moon

    ★★★★½

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

    We've been conditioned to accept, as well as complicit to abet, the burial and commodification of histories that aren't ours. So to some, a $200mm movie from one of America's greatest, most accessible filmmakers still seems like a chore. And that's before they even know its subject matter. Scorsese, long a master of depicting man's undoing (of himself, of others, by himself, by others, by God), finally tackles a completely innocent victim the only way he knows how. What follows…

  • Evil Does Not Exist

    Evil Does Not Exist

    ★★★★★

    After the screening, Ryusuke Hamaguchi expressed that he’s “still not sure what this is” to him. Conceived as a reaction to its entrancing score, the film itself plays like a reaction to its title. In an ideal world, evil does not exist; but, Hamaguchi never traffics in ideals, often depicting fallout in the wake of everything that could be. And—ironically for a film on its face so bounded—never before on this scale. Its conclusion has baffled, especially considering the interpersonal…

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  • Of Whales, the Moon, and Men

    Of Whales, the Moon, and Men

    ★★★★★

    My whales... my Quebec... my moon.

  • Polytechnique

    Polytechnique

    ★★★

    Authored by its lead actress, who sought to produce a film about this tragedy for years, interviewing its victims herself and eventually recruiting Villeneuve to direct. Clinical, distant filmmaking suggests someone wanting to do right by history—despite permission, not filmed at École Polytechnique out of respect—while still finding his directorial voice and deciding: this is not really the place.

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  • Talk to Me

    Talk to Me

    ★★★

    Feature length Grimace shake video.

  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★½

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

    Particularly memorable is the “family meeting” scene (an experience I know all too well). Spielberg cuts from Sam on 35mm to his parents and siblings on 16mm, until finally revealing Sam (again on 35mm) reflected in a mirror, filming the scene with his own camera. Only it’s imaginary; Sam isn’t actually filming his family’s dissolution in real time, but that’s maybe how he wants to remember it—pieces of film he can edit back together in his mind, playing over and…