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  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Clue
  • Zardoz
  • Harold and Maude

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  • Aftersun

    ★★★★★

  • Triangle of Sadness

    ★★★

  • Avatar: The Way of Water

    ★★

  • Decision to Leave

    ★★½

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  • Aftersun

    Aftersun

    ★★★★★

    This is a film in which it feels like nothing happens and yet something could happen at any moment. This a beautiful and haunting exploration of a young father and his 11-year-old daughter. To say more would be to say too much. But this is a film that expertly shows the power of cinema, with its direction, cinematography, editing and sound mixing working flawlessly to create an emotional jigsaw puzzle that is captivating from start to finish. Simply stunning.

  • Triangle of Sadness

    Triangle of Sadness

    ★★★

    An intriguing start and a powerful ending are brought down by a weak and meandering middle, when the plot moves away from the main characters and onto such supporting roles as the stunt-casted captain played by Woody Harrelson.
    There are moments that work, but with its aim at skewering the rich, “White Lotus” and “The Menu” do it better.

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  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    On its surface, South Korean slow-burner “Burning” is a bizarre love triangle involving a poor unemployed farmer’s son who fancies himself a writer but hasn’t written anything, the new-money Porche-driving Gangnam-style mysterious ladies’ man, and the free-spirited narcoleptic woman who both (seemingly) covet.
    And the film works exquisitely on this level. Director Lee Chang-dong takes his time to showcase each of the characters and allows each of his actors’ subtle performances to shine.
    That alone would make the film -…

  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

    ★★

    It’s always difficult to discuss a classic movie that is hailed as one the best cinematic achievements of all time when you don’t agree. This is one of those times. Yes, “Mishima” is inventive in how it tries to tie the fictional works of the acclaimed and controversial Japanese author Yukio Mishima to his real-life attempt to overthrow Japan’s democratic government and return it to military rule. But the interweaving of fact and fiction is confusing at best. But the…