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  • Petulia
  • The Night of the Hunted
  • Pastoral: To Die in the Country
  • Nathalie Granger

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  • Palm Springs

    ★★★★

  • Encanto

    ★★★★

  • Don't Look Up

  • The Hireling

    ★★★½

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    When I saw this it turns out that I had misread the entire second half of the movie. I had not picked up on the Machiavellian behind-the-scenes machinations of one of the main characters, and while watching, thought everything that played out was the result of coincidence and contrivance. When I spoke to colleagues about the film, they corrected me and said that this character's actions were, in fact, taken with conviction. And I cast my mind back over the…

  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★

    Would need to rewatch a couple of bits to confirm it, but feels like a nadir for The Beard…

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  • My Neighbor Totoro

    My Neighbor Totoro

    ★★★★★

    No plot.
    No central character.
    No antagonist.
    No defined purpose for side characters.
    No threat.
    No three acts.
    No jokes.
    No punchlines.
    No explanations.
    No internal references.
    No catchphrases.
    No political polemical voice.
    No melodrama.
    No lessons.
    No beginning.
    No end.
    One of the best films ever made.

  • Ant-Man

    Ant-Man

    ★★

    Very tempted to click the "I've seen this film before" tab.