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  • A Separation
  • Force Majeure
  • Raw
  • Custody

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★½

  • The Shop Around the Corner

    ★★★★

  • Our Eternal Summer

    ★★½

  • Star 80

    ★★★★

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    ★★★★½

    Cuts to the chase in the first 60 seconds and never lets up. Relentless, visceral, breathtakingly bracing filmmaking; bizarre, disarming, creepy and bleak. It’s like the best ever episode of Twilight Zone, the best B Movie, the best Creature Feature, but it’s more than all that, it’s unique, unparalleled, out of its time yet so, so of its time. Absolutely awesome.

  • Our Eternal Summer

    Our Eternal Summer

    ★★½

    I watch a lot of films about French young people enjoying summer. This was not the best. But it did have French young people enjoying summer, and doing otherwise in summer, and it was very summery.

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  • Tell Me Who I Am

    Tell Me Who I Am

    ★★½

    The story is deeply involving and the two subjects are likable and compelling. But the filmmaking is so deliberately drawn out to create suspense and tension that it feels exploitative, and the horror movie tropes used in the “atmosphere” footage are forced and on-the-nose. Too much “directing” and not enough reliance on the strength of the subject. Maybe an hour would have been better.

  • Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness

    ★★★★★

    Among the series’ endless qualities, it is the astonishing vivacity of the characters that towers above all. Every one of these insanely idiosyncratic individuals feels like they’re being played by the world’s greatest character actor giving their career-best performance.