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  • The Red Tree

    ★★★½

  • The Night Belongs to Lovers

    ★★★★

  • The Guest

    ★★★

  • The Book of Delights

    ★★★½

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  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    I've a love–hate relationship with writer-director Denis Villeneuve, as I'm fond of four of his films (Incendies, Prisoners, Enemy and Blade Runner 2049) and not really a fan of others (Arrival and Sicario), but at the end of the day, I appreciate any artist who's willing to take risks.

    Dune: Part One, naturally, is nothing but build up. The climactic moment of the movie isn't really a climax because it's just the mid-point where the movie is still building up…

  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★★

    My face is beaming. I'm cock-a-hoop at watching Minari THIS early, because I've been anxious as hell and just wanted to watch Minari as soon as possible, and this is one of the best films I’ve seen this year that’s in the top four for me. From the opening moments, I knew I was in for a special movie. Director Lee Isaac Chung is hands down a major talent to keep your eyes on. How he tells this story feels…

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  • The Red Tree

    The Red Tree

    ★★★½

    🎊 IFFI 52 Film #17

    In Joan Gomez’s “EL ARBOL ROJO” (“THE RED TREE”), Eliécer is a retired musician living on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, left to care for Esperanza (Hope), a half-sister he’s never met, after their "charming" father passes away. His mission is to get her to Bogotá to find the girl’s "horny" mother. Along the way they cross paths with Toño, an aspiring boxer on his way to the Colombian capital as well.

    The movie explores the boundaries…

  • The Hotel

    The Hotel

    ★★★½

    IFFI 52 Film #16

    Because of the dizzying and engrossing direction of this movie I’m exhausted. I feel like for 1h 17m I’ve been with these three people at The Hotel. I was honestly constantly overwhelmed through the entire experience. But considering my tastes in relation to film I loved every second of it.

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  • Spencer

    Spencer

    ★★★★½

    INOX Leisure Ltd.

    Opening with a title card reading,

    A FABLE FROM A TRUE TRAGEDY,”

    Pablo Larraín’s film isn’t based on a wholly true event. Nor does it want to tell Diana’s life story. SPENCER is an act of psychological horror, a kind of ghost story, and a survivalist picture carried by an uncannily immersive Kristen Stewart, in one of the absolutely outstanding performances of her career which pulls together Diana’s lore and Larraín’s conception of her, creating a fleshed-out…

  • Lamb

    Lamb

    ★★★★★

    HoopTober Ocho Film 31/31
    Decade: 2020s ¦ Criteria: Folk horror

    The most impressive part of Iceland’s official selection for Best International Feature Film at The Academy Awards 2022 is how the unique folk-horror tale tells its story. The experience is a “slow burn,” with incredibly minimal dialogue. Writer-director Valdimar Jóhannsson and co-screenwriter, Icelandic poet and novelist, Sjón (who also co-wrote Robert EggersTHE NORTHMAN) do a great job of refusing to accept melodrama.

    Yet LAMB manages to say a quite…