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  • A Matter of Life and Death
  • Live Flesh
  • Speedy
  • Sometimes I Think About Dying

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  • The Mirror Has Two Faces

    ★★★½

  • The Prince of Tides

    ★★★

  • Personal Velocity

    ★★½

  • The Anniversary Party

    ★★★½

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  • The Fabelmans

    The Fabelmans

    ★★★★★

    Through cinema, we see the worst and best versions of ourselves. These are equally terrifying: one because it shows us what we may become, the other because it shows us what we will never be.

  • Memoria

    Memoria

    ★★★★½

    Memories only last so long before the lights go out and that corner of our mind darkens. Lost or irreversibly mutated, they are inaccesible. Try as we may to excavate our past, we are inevitably confronted by the fact that large swathes of it are unknowable. There is so much in the human experience that is unknowable, indescribable especially if bound to one tongue, which nonetheless fascinates people to such a degree that they ignore the wonders before their eyes.…

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  • The Mirror Has Two Faces

    The Mirror Has Two Faces

    ★★★½

    Back to Barbra's beginnings in full Funny Girl mode— in The Mirror Has Two Faces she again plays a character whose supposed unattractiveness is intrinsic to their journey, despite being (even nearly three decades later) one of the most beautiful people to have ever walked the Earth. What an unfortunate side effect of her star persona at the time. Of course it's not believable, but if she explicitly casts herself as a smokeshow then it's "There goes Babs and her…

  • The Prince of Tides

    The Prince of Tides

    ★★★

    Lots of strange stuff in this otherwise sedate drama, beginning with the total disregard for how the psychiatric profession functions. The football stuff feels way more unnecessary than it actually is, which is an unfortunate editing pickle to be in. Most issue with The Prince of Tides exists in a similar space— so much time is spent dunking on Lila for being a horrible mother in spite of every flashback showing her to be a pretty okay mom that it…

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  • Cries and Whispers

    Cries and Whispers

    Do you think Ingmar Bergman ever experienced genuine human emotion in his life, or was he too busy finding new ways to make 90 minute films feel twice as long?

  • The Last Duel

    The Last Duel

    ★★★★½

    I normally never go in for mythologizing Hollywood or its stars, but a big part of me walked into the theater begrudging the fact that this wasn't the Damon v Affleck picture we came so close to getting. It's simply too perfect in concept, as if passed down from on high. Now, having seen The Last Duel, I'm scared that such a difference may have fundamentally upset the delicate balance that Scott, Holofcener, and Damon/Affleck have worked to create. Perhaps…