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  • My Night at Maud's
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Right Now, Wrong Then

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  • The Elephant Whisperers

    ★★★★

  • Sharks of the Corn

    ★★

  • Ali

    ★★½

  • Permanent Vacation

    ★★½

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  • Infinity Pool

    Infinity Pool

    ★★★★½

    The horror of Infinity Pool is about failing naturally. In this great genre experiment, Brandon Cronenberg finds invention in body tourism. That is, rich people living out their own Groundhog Day, replicating, and killing off their doubles as penance for their crimes of boredom.

    The cast is so intriguing and ready and gives everything Cronenberg can ask for. Once again, there is no desperation whatsoever to prove the family name and Cronenberg earns the inclusion in this body of work…

  • The Banshees of Inisherin

    The Banshees of Inisherin

    ★★★★★

    It won’t be everyone’s cup of misery, but it’s certainly mine. Here is another crowning work by Martin McDonagh and his cherished collaborator Collin Farrell. Rarely does an actor-director duo so charismatically embody the best parts of the working relationship. This is not In Bruges (2008), because only that movie is that movie. Likewise, only The Banshees of Inisherin is this movie, another unimpeachable triumph. It comes as a return to form for McDonagh who last made the lightly Oscar-baiting…

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  • The Elephant Whisperers

    The Elephant Whisperers

    ★★★★

    Black History Month 2023 | Spectacular Shorts

    The same thing that occurred to me with Wildcat occurs to me here. I’d find it so devastating to let go of animals I put my heart and life into, that I can hardly watch people letting go, let alone fathom doing this work. Elephants are incredible, spiritual creatures and this short documentary sits at the heart of that. A beautiful watch, catch it on Netflix.

  • Sharks of the Corn

    Sharks of the Corn

    ★★

    In the cornfields of Druid Hills, Kentucky, Great White Sharks are believed to be murdering the local populace, and they are. From Tim Ritter (and not Steven Kang, presumably), comes this shot on video backyard movie that understands what bad shark movies are doing and checks the entire list of tropes that might go down in one of these minor-budget, fairly-entertaining in group watch, movies. This one doesn’t pull any punches — or only pulls punches, it’s unclear — it…

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  • Prey

    Prey

    ★★★½

    A full Comanche dub will be available at release. That’s fucking fantastic and I’ll likely rewatch it. On the other hand, this is streaming only. That’s a huge disservice to a formidable new entry that should have been good clean fun in theater.

  • Wonder Woman 1984

    Wonder Woman 1984

    ★½

    The palpable disappointment on my four year old’s face is the most damning review of the year.