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  • PlayTime
  • Fanny and Alexander
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
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  • Pearl

    ★★★★

  • Out of Sight

    ★★★★

  • Barbarian

    ★★★★

  • PlayTime

    ★★★★★

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  • Vampyr

    Vampyr

    ★★★★½

    When I was a child, I had night terrors. I would sleepwalk through these horrific nightmares crying, screaming, and running around the house only to be woken up in the middle of the living room mostly unaware of what's been going on. Most of the time I wouldn't be able to remember any of these disturbing nightmares, I would only be able to tell by the aftereffects. The elevated heart rate, the beads of sweat forming on my forehead, and…

  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★★★

    A playful satire of ultramodernism starring a French mime; a simple summary that unfolds into an embarrassment of riches.

    Playtime might have the best sound of any film I've ever seen. The sound design is absolutely incredible, while in most films the director uses visual clues to guide your attention, Jacques Tati uses audio clues. Sound effects are exaggerated and unique to give personality to every little thing in the movie. I could recognize every chair, button, and neon sign…

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  • Pearl

    Pearl

    ★★★★

    Delightfully batshit. Delusions turn into reality for a psychopath who is just coming to terms with their insanity.

    Just like X, Pearl oozes style. While X was dingy and dark, Pearl uses color and bright lights as a weapon for terror. A quaint and innocent veil for a sinister underbelly. The opening credits are a work of art but that pales in comparison to the delectable closing credits. I'll be thinking of that shot for a long time.

  • See How They Run

    See How They Run

    ★★★

    Conventional but fun because those conventions are a whodunnit.

    It's clear that Saoirse Ronan is having the most fun here, she's just a stick of dynamite. The premise is a little tired and predictable and I'm not sure who they're fooling by pretending to be coy, but all in all this is a very competently made murder mystery.

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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★★½

    Sunlight pours into the frame like honey from a small spoon. Murmurs of crickets blanket everything in a comforting sound. Minari is a gentle, tender portrait of a family. Its intimate nature envelopes you like a warm hug on a cold, rainy day. The film is filled with these little moments of pure bliss in simple life that make it seem like there's nothing better in the world.

    At first, director Lee Isaac Chung sets it up like we're going…

  • Aniara

    Aniara

    ★★

    Like a lot of science fiction, I dug the ideas but did not dig the execution. Aniara is all over the place, its ideas are so grand and sprawling but aren't given enough room to breathe and become fleshed out. Before I was allowed to sink my teeth into something, it's like the rug was swept out from under me and the idea was more or less forgotten. A stew of concepts and ideas where nothing quite compliments one another.