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  • Belle de Jour
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles

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  • Elvis

    ★★★½

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★★½

  • 45 Years

    ★★★★★

  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

    ★★★★

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  • Elvis

    Elvis

    ★★★½

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

    Early comparisons to WALK HARD were surprisingly spot-on, not just in the biopic-by-numbers storytelling but also in Luhrmann's need to underline all his ideas so the audience won't miss them. Writing has never been a strong point in Baz's work, which may explain why he insists on leaning into his theses like a first-year college student. The use of "Unchained Melody" during the final stretch might have hit a lot harder had we not just spent 2.5 hours hearing about…

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Thor: Love and Thunder

    ★★★½

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

    Sits alongside BLACK PANTHER as the rare MCU film that actually works better as drama than as action-comedy. Two major reasons:

    1. Waititi genuinely grapples with the theme of the loss of confidence in "gods" in a way that engages with the real-world discontent with societal institutions. In a world where these gods are expected to be there in our times of need, the villain's anger at being let down by those in whom he placed his faith is understandable…

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  • Another Woman

    Another Woman

    ★★★★½

    For a while, I was sort of annoyed by Marion's tendency to narrate the events of her own life in such an on-the-nose manner. Then it hit me that OF COURSE Marion (Gena Rowlands, masterful) would do that- she's the sort of person who would want to neatly package all of her actions with a minimum of emotional fuss, just to "set the record straight," if only to herself. Once I got over that hump, the movie as a whole…

  • Oz the Great and Powerful

    Oz the Great and Powerful

    This is exactly the kind of movie that seems like it'll be ideal for a Yesterday's Hits-style anthropological assessment in a couple of decades. Those elements that have made this so popular- the wall-to-wall CGI-based spectacle, the four-quadrant-skewing reappropriation of one of the classics of Hollywood cinema- will probably be what makes this look quaint and dated over time. Yet it also promises to be fascinating in a number of ways.

    Most noticeably, this might be the first blockbuster I've…