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      Fallen Leaves (2023) Humble but playful with his usual beautifully composed images, acknowledging that answers are hard to come by but offering some respite, the filmmaker offers an optimism grounded in reality—a poetry born out of difficulty. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Jun 05, 2023
      The Zone of Interest (2023) Triet’s deserving of recognition... - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Jun 05, 2023
      Last Summer (2023) Breillat here ventures even deeper into the dark territory of forbidden desires, not out of perversion but rather to push our understandings of ourselves and our impulses further. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Jun 05, 2023
      May December (2023) As Elizabeth slowly steps into Gracie’s shoes without scruples and brings back to the surface old questions about the couple, every interaction between the two becomes more volatile, and several scenes are shockingly funny. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Jun 05, 2023
      Anatomy of a Fall (2023) Anatomy of a Fall goes further than traditional procedurals by taking the notion of guilt beyond hard facts and toward the idea of toxic influence, exploring gender dynamics in the process. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Jun 05, 2023
      Killers of the Flower Moon (2023) Martin Scorsese’s three-hour Western features a throwback performance from Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio at his best in a film that mirrors aspects of classics like Goodfellas. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Jun 02, 2023
      Causeway (2022) What makes Causeway more than a hopeful story about rebuilding oneself thanks to friendship, however, is that it doesn't ignore the grasp that the past has on the present... - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Nov 04, 2022
      The Origin (2022) Quite uncommonly and paradoxically, the reveal gives more legitimacy to what came before it. - Cineuropa
      Read More | Posted Oct 21, 2022
      Murina (2021) Croatian filmmaker Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović expertly breaks down the forced servitude and the brutal familial mechanisms of a certain kind of Balkan machismo. - Hyperallergic
      Read More | Posted Sep 16, 2022
      Cow (2021) In her documentary Cow, Andrea Arnold avoids anthropomorphism, instead trying to present the world as her main character sees it. - Hyperallergic
      Read More | Posted Apr 01, 2022
      Licorice Pizza (2021) Paul Thomas Anderson’s script is the loosest, most romantic one he’s ever written, but what makes it Oscar worthy is everything happening just beneath the surface. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2022
      West Side Story (2021) Spielberg's West Side Story uses all the tools of filmmaking to better bring together the classic story and songs into a unified piece of cinema, like a strong fist in which each finger is as determined as the others to revolt. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Dec 16, 2021
      King Richard (2021) Led by Will Smith, the biopic goes beyond the headlines surrounding Venus and Serena Williams and delves into exactly what makes their ascension so inspirational. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2021
      The Ancient Woods (2017) Avoids the usual trappings of anthropomorphism. - Hyperallergic
      Read More | Posted Aug 16, 2021
      Minari (2020) Yeun is one of Hollywood's most charming actors. What makes his performance as a struggling patriarch Oscar-worthy, then, is the way he rejects that innate talent. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Apr 19, 2021
      Moffie (2019) Moffie achieves, paradoxically and effectively, a unique kind of universality. - WeLoveCinema
      Read More | Posted May 01, 2020
      The Holy Mountain (1973) What The Holy Mountain depicts, rather than a narrative, is a series of tests and learning experiences that the fool will go through in order to attain enlightenment. - WeLoveCinema
      Read More | Posted Mar 19, 2020
      Richard Jewell (2019) With Richard Jewell, Eastwood has perfected his cinematic approach to real stories to become one of the most humanistic, bold, and morally invigorating American filmmakers today. - WeLoveCinema
      Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
      EMMA. (2020) The overall tone is one of contrived frolicking. - WeLoveCinema
      Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
      La Dolce Vita (1960) To call the film's title ironic would be simplistic; Fellini gives his audience the room to decide for themselves whether life must be a battle or a surrender (or something in between) in order to be dolce. - WeLoveCinema
      Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
      The Invisible Man (2020) Staying slightly longer on a shot of a door left ajar doesn't reveal a hidden clown, Halloween-style, but instead makes evident how menacing the everyday can become for a person who has been traumatised. - WeLoveCinema
      Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2020
      The Call of the Wild (2020) Rather than technology for technology's sake, the animation in the Harrison Ford-led movie about a dog rediscovering his true nature is profoundly deliberate... - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Feb 29, 2020
      What You Gonna Do When The World's On Fire? (2018) A wake-up call to the cold, hard reality of racism. - Little White Lies
      Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2019
      Ad Astra (2019) Ad Astra, set in the near future, gives the father-son dynamic literally astronomical dimensions. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Sep 19, 2019
      Les misérables (2019) Like the similarly explosive Do the Right Thing, Les Misérables has surreal moments verging on comedy that heighten the sense of unpredictable brutality rather than distract from it. - Cinema Scope
      Read More | Posted Sep 06, 2019
      Sibyl (2019) The conscious and the unconscious, the mental and the physical, the real and the fake, all collapse into each other through Triet's purposefully scrambled yet effortlessly evocative style. - Cinema Scope
      Read More | Posted Sep 05, 2019
      Jacob's Ladder (1990) It is this constant slippage into uncertainty that makes Jacob's Ladder unique. Lyne's focus on the sensual experiences of his character helps blur that line between dream and reality... - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2019
      The Farewell (2019) The Farewell [is] a vivid and endlessly relatable story of fractured identity in a globalized world. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Jul 11, 2019
      Support the Girls (2018) A neorealist take on our capitalist times, reaffirming the essential need for camaraderie every day of the working week. - Little White Lies
      Read More | Posted Jun 27, 2019
      The Lighthouse (2019) The triumph of The Lighthouse lies not only in its darkness, but in how it illuminates the fragility and terror of its characters in front of our eyes. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2019
      Ma (2019) [Ma] tediously arrives at a hysterical conclusion, short of breath. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted May 31, 2019
      Pain and Glory (2019) Almodóvar is optimistic that pain, whether mental or physical, can, once addressed, lead to genuine glory. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
      A Hidden Life (2019) Malick didn't make a film about living comfortably-only in accordance with what is right. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
      Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019) Haenel brings her turbulent presence to Héloïse, but with a degree of era-appropriate restraint that makes her moments of vulnerability and rebellion all the more distressing. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
      Zombi Child (2019) Even as he acknowledges his borrowing of a cultural tradition, Bonello doesn't think himself above the visceral pleasures of the cinematic genre that came out of it; Zombi Child has its brains and eats them too. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
      Deerskin (2019) Its weirdly earnest tone keeps Deerskin grounded and coherent even as Georges turns murderous, taking the film to genre territory. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted May 24, 2019
      Rocketman (2019) Ideally, a movie like this would either fully sweep its audience up in a rush of emotion or else take them out of their comfort zones. Rocketman does neither. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted May 17, 2019
      Madeline's Madeline (2018) Overwhelming at first, Madeline's Madeline only gains from repeat viewings. - Little White Lies
      Read More | Posted May 09, 2019
      Inherent Vice (2014) PTA gets loose with the film noir form only to better honor its essential dualities: people's simultaneous longing for and dreading of the truth, their desire to see things clearly or instead remain in the idealized world of their (intoxicated) mind... - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
      Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang (2005) As though he were revisiting the 1970s' reimagining of the 1930s film noir, Black plays with the 21st-century spectator's expectations of perverse plot twists to highlight his characters' humanity. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
      Chinatown (1974) Once you've seen it, Chinatown never leaves you. Like Jake, you can't forget it. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
      Mulholland Dr. (2001) Lynch understands better than anyone how pop culture items such as old rock tunes and movie musicals are ingrained in everyone's (sub)consciousness, quietly defining people's aspirations and perception. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
      The Big Lebowski (1998) Already a pessimistic take on the American Dream and the ideal of the self-made man, the model of the film-noir detective is ridiculed in The Big Lebowski. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Apr 18, 2019
      Greta (2018) Greta made me jump in fright and laugh uproariously throughout its airtight 98-minute runtime-and had me once again marveling at the new kind of international stardom that Huppert has reached in the past few years. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Feb 28, 2019
      Cold Pursuit (2019) Cold Pursuit focuses on cliché ideas of Native American spirituality and places these othering conceptions high above the reality of discrimination. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Feb 08, 2019
      The House That Jack Built (2018) Von Trier choosing to take that risk may be his boldest declaration of humanity: to him, there is no doubt that Jack is deeply wrong. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Dec 14, 2018
      Shoplifters (2018) For Kore-eda, money unavoidably gives reliance on each other the appearance of abuse, even in the eyes of the kindest shoplifter. Doubt takes over, and the herd disperses into lonely wolves, aggressive because they are scared of getting hurt again. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Nov 28, 2018
      Beautiful Boy (2018) Felix Van Groeningen's film gives Carell plenty of space to use his dramatic chops and convince anyone who wasn't already persuaded that he can make us cry as much as he can make us laugh. - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
      The Kindergarten Teacher (2018) The Kindergarten Teacher is purposefully not a comfortable watch, but it satisfies in many ways. Not only is its central character an imperfect woman, but she also expresses her palpable rage in a strange and fascinating form of intellectual violence. - Vague Visages
      Read More | Posted Oct 10, 2018
      Candyman (1992) One aspect for which Candyman doesn't get enough credit is the brilliant way in which it uses the cliché of the average-looking and arrogant college professor... - The Ringer
      Read More | Posted Oct 04, 2018
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