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  • Hiroshima Mon Amour
  • Blade Runner
  • Nocturnal Animals
  • The Proposition

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  • Chosen Survivors

    ★★½

  • Soft & Quiet

    ★★★½

  • The Menu

    ★★

  • Pearl

    ★★★½

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  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★

    Movies strive, and usually fail, to present redemption, salvation, or existential revelation. If one is achieved, it is not built on in a later film; it Is celebrated in its paradoxically liberating closure. Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner did not achieve one of these goals; it accomplished all three…with a spiritual beauty still resonating with its viewers. So, in making its sequel, Blade Runner 2049, director Villeneuve and screenwriter Fancher embraced artistic hubris, seeking development of the already aesthetically/philosophically “complete.” In…

  • It

    It

    ★★★★

    It’s renaissance had to start with the clown, and 2017’s It has started it very well. Tim Curry’s puerile Pagliacci was the most inadvertent horror in a series of inadvertent horrors composing the cartoonish It mini-series of the Nineties. However, the screenwriter & director of the new version of Stephen King’s magnum opus have re-imagined the sinister, hyper-Protean clown Pennywise as he needed to be: a compelling/repulsive Lovecraftian manifestation of predatory Evil, one whose proffered gifts of visual dreads and delights…

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  • The Midnight Swim

    The Midnight Swim

    ★★★½

    The heavy-handed--but skillfully articulated--Lacanian imagery of the Dead Mother: a missing body, a bottomless lake, and encroaching Death is well-balanced by the Naturalist chemistry of the film’s three mourning, traumatized, and still antagonistic sisters....Mumble-Chekhov at its almost-most engaging.

  • Wind River

    Wind River

    ★★★★½

    The best snow-scape films—e.g. Fargo, A Midnight Clear, and Insomnia—can effortlessly and intricately articulate and suggest the presence of God. Others—like Snow Angels, Affliction, and The Sweet Hereafter—can powerfully portray God’s palpable absence. Taylor Sheridan’s remarkable crime thriller Wind River, like Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, presents the two possibilities in conflict mitigated by violence and the cultural history surrounding it. Wind River’s punishing mountain crags and snow fields laced with lethal winds signify both a sublime ambivalence and a possibility…