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  • PlayTime

    PlayTime

    ★★★★★

    Your Average Filmmaker: A gag where a character mistakes a glass door for empty space.

    Jacques Tati, an Intellectual: A gag where a character mistakes a glass door for empty space. And a gag where a character mistakes empty space for a glass door. And a gag where a character convinces other characters empty space is actually a glass door. And a gag where a character doesn't know he's supposed to pretend empty space is actually a glass door.

    And that's just what he does with the glass doors!

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★★

    When Flyora and Glasha are leaving the village, and the latter turns back and sees that? The loudest gasp I've ever heard from a movie audience.

    This is the closest I've ever come to walking out of a movie because it was too intense. The fact that it got me to that point, yet never felt like it was trying to get a rise out of the viewer, is remarkable.

    In the days afterward, I thought a lot about the…

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  • 8:46

    8:46

    In which a groundbreaking, boundary-pushing comedian confronts the fact that sometimes, “too soon” can last quite a while.

  • Just Mercy

    Just Mercy

    ★★★★

    I don't know why, but the fact that this movie about a broken legal system happens in the town that inspired TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD adds so much.

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  • The Square

    The Square

    ★★★

    A movie that wants to tell you about empathy, privilege, political correctness, the social contract and the digital age, and all I want is an explanation for how Elisabeth Moss has a pet chimpanzee. It’s incredibly funny and breathlessly audacious but too baggy and muddled to really satisfy. Terry Notary’s ape-man act is a showstopper, but it arguably shoots the film in the foot; it has to go through an entire third act after already peaking.

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    This movie breaks the world.

    Seriously, let’s take a moment to remember what this actually is, a sequel to a 35-year-old movie that’s been enshrined as a classic. Everything about that points to a stain on the original’s legacy, the best case scenario being one that would fade with enough bleach. This couldn’t be good.

    And it’s not. It speeds right past being “good” without breaking a sweat.

    What it is is one of the most intelligent, ambitious and provocative…