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  • Yelling Fire In An Empty Theater

    ★★★½

  • Tiger Tail in Blue

    ★★★★½

  • Saint Omer

    ★★★★

  • Out 1

    ★★★★★

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  • Like Someone in Love

    Like Someone in Love

    ★★★★★

    The late Chilean director Raul Ruiz’s indispensable book Poetics of Cinema argues against the necessity of “central conflict theory” that has long dominated commercial narrative filmmaking in the western world. If Abbas Kiarostami, one of the world’s greatest living directors, ever wrote a comparable book on film theory, one suspects he might similarly challenge the notion of the “three-act structure.” The Japanese-set Like Someone in Love may well be the Iranian master’s most provocative work; his extremely unconventional handling of…

  • A Ghost Story

    A Ghost Story

    ★½

    The scene in which Will Oldham’s character delivers a long-winded monologue about how nothing lasts forever may be the worst scene in cinema’s history. My personal idea of hell is being forced to watch that on a loop with my eyes pried open, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE-style. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!