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  • The Darkside

    ★★★★★

  • Prizefighter

    ★★★★★

  • Behavior

    ★★★★★

  • Emergency Ward

    ★★★★★

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  • The Darkside

    The Darkside

    ★★★★★

    The director takes a bunch of people -- some Indigenous Australians, some white Australians -- and asks them to recite some ghost stories he has found. While mostly a collection of people telling stories to the camera, Thornton throws in visual flourishes here and there and makes a documentary with some horror flavors. He avoids doing reenactments and, instead, focuses on how people tell the stories. This often makes it feel like a series of spooky monologues, but at its…

  • Prizefighter

    Prizefighter

    ★★★★★

    This nicely animated short -- claymation? Still figures? Painting? -- historical sports movie about heavyweight boxer Jack Johnson, the first African American to hold both the title and the crown in the early 1900s. The animation is a marvel, and truly a stunning way to tell a story that, while important, might give one the whiff of being in school or something. That is, the film does not skimp on what makes a film a film -- it is aesthetically…

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  • Orders

    Orders

    ★★★★★

    ORDERS follows an unnamed soldier, gone AWOL, marching aimlessly through this Western facade of pleasantry, running into others such as a fellow soldier dining on a giant watermelon and a family full of 90s edgey sitcom characters. What the two are getting at, here, is not only modern warfare -- untreated PTSD, bringing the war home, why war is okay anywhere, etc. but also the house of cards that is the modern state, a system built to manufacture subdued human…

  • L

    L

    ★★★★★

    This Greek weird wave film, and director, never found the success that the director of Dogtooth or even the director Tsangari has gotten, and you may know why -- it may be just a little too weird, a little too dry, for some people. But if you are adventurous, then this is the kind of film for you. We have a man, living in his car, meeting his family in a parking lot every day. His job? Bringing honey to…