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  • Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
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  • Force Majeure
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  • Lamb

    ★½

  • A Hero

    ★★★½

  • Flee

    ★★★½

  • House of Gucci

    ★★★½

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  • Lamb

    Lamb

    ★½

    1.5/5.0 = Middling

    A genreless slog. Nonexistent acting and a PS3-graphics lamb-baby floundering for some kind of narrative structure. Director Valdimar Jóhannsson seems so woefully lost in his short-film-stretched-into-an-undercooked-feature screenplay that he tosses in some arbitrary chapter breaks in hopes of convincing his audience that there’s any semblance of real intent behind the order of events at play. Other than a couple pretty shots and a lot of cute animals, this is a baaaahhd movie. Honestly I can’t even be mad at A24’s…

  • A Hero

    A Hero

    ★★★½

    3.5/5.0 = Great

    Farhadi firing on all cylinders with this one, even if the ride is cumulatively 20 minutes too long. The dramatic anchor is fantastic, and the way this just snowballs into an absolute waking nightmare is nothing short of astounding, but ultimately this is Farhadi playing the hits and not doing a ton of new stuff: Morally ambiguous characters betraying each other's trust, being let down by imperfect systems, and having to pick themselves back up again and…

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  • Two Distant Strangers

    Two Distant Strangers

    0.5/5.0 = Notably Terrible

    Note: I only review short films if they're nominated for an Oscar. I don't like the idea of publishing criticism on other short films.

    Joey Bada$$ police brutality drama TWO DISTANT STRANGERS is easily the worst short film nominated for the Academy award since 2017s SILENT NIGHTS. Honestly, it may be the worst short film I've ever seen, full stop. This is totally irresponsible, careless, stupid, juvenile, and tactless filmmaking. I'm not the first to say…

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★★★

    5.0/5.0 = Masterpiece

    The greatest heist film since HEAT, the best cops and robbers film since HEAT, the best hard-boiled crime film since HEAT. Okay, maybe I'm ignoring OCEAN'S ELEVEN for effect but you get the idea! The point is this: DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE is a modern masterpiece. A glacially paced procedural that transitions from slow-cinema stakeout caper to ultra tactical shoot 'em up. Guns have replaced fists in Zahler's third cinematic outing, but the bullets are used sparingly.

    As…