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  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★½

    While waiting for my row to clear so I could get up and leave, I overheard the woman next to me talking with her companions about what they just saw. For some reason, she was convinced that the father in the movie kidnapped the adult “children” and then brainwashed them.

    If I had to hazard a guess, I don’t think she believed anyone would do something like that to their own kids.

    I really wish I could agree.

  • Christopher Robin

    Christopher Robin

    ★★★½

    You can never not see the formula underneath everything, but it's surprisingly effective as a nostalgia trip.

    More of Ewan McGregor snatching stuffed toys from the hands of small children please.

    "You can't just take a teddy bear from a grown man!"

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  • Skin

    Skin

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I guess death by blackface is a thing now.

  • Detainment

    Detainment

    ★★

    Some of the live action shorts nominated this year had kids getting killed. Some other ones had kids killing others.

    This one has kids killing and kids getting killed, because it’s just extra like that.

    EDIT: There's been a lot of hand-wringing over how the director never informed the victim's mother before going ahead with this project, with many labelling it exploitative. It is (the overacting and stylistic excess is a dead giveaway), but part of me feels that public…

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  • 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…

  • 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.