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  • Citizen Kane
  • Distant Voices, Still Lives
  • Black Narcissus
  • Late Spring

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  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★½

  • Host

    ★★★½

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★½

  • The Green Knight

    ★★★★

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  • Prisoners of the Ghostland

    Prisoners of the Ghostland

    ★½

    A Nicolas Cage/Sion Sono hybrid of Escape From New York, Mad Max, and Spirited Away, with samurai and cowboys.
    That ought to be great, that ought to be the movie of the year as far as I'm concerned.
    But then Sion Sono said, "Hey, I'm such a crazy maverick, such a wacky genius, you know what I'll do? I'll bring the pace down to a crawl! I'll have a whole hour in which nothing happens storywise, just scene after scene…

  • The Green Knight

    The Green Knight

    ★★★★

    Play stupid games.
    Win stupid prizes.

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  • Bad Seed

    Bad Seed

    Ever wondered what Gone in 60 Seconds would look like if it was directed by Billy Wilder? In the thirties? In French?

    If you have, you need to a) get a life and b) see this movie.

    When a young ne'er-do-well (Pierre Mingand) loses his allowance and his car, he falls in with a gang of Paris car thieves, striking up a not-so-heterosexual friendship with a gang member while also carrying a torch for his sister (Danielle Darrieux).

    It's not…

  • Beyond the Hills

    Beyond the Hills

    ★★★★

    Based on a true story of an exorcism gone wrong in an Orthodox monastery, Cristian Mungiu's new film could have been a simple story of innocent girl vs. superstitious religious zealots, but Mungiu never takes the easy route. Instead, he creates layers upon layers of complexity in characters, relationships and motivations until what finally happens acquires the devastating inevitability of Greek tragedy. Most of all, just like in his previous 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days, he takes what could…