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  • Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

    Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould

    ★★★★

    The curious structural gambit initially had a frustrating distancing effect on me, but I think that has more to do with the enigmatic nature of Gould. The final third of short films (i.e., 23-31) is superb.

  • The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

    ★★

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

    Gilliam is both Don Quixote—an aging man of questionable vision, foolishly convinced of his nonexistent greatness after being repeatedly wronged and disrespected—and Toby—a cocky, once-promising director who ultimately retreats into his own delusions, still lost in La Mancha. A pity.

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  • Tusk

    Tusk

    ½

    Among the stupidest films I've ever had the displeasure of seeing. There are maybe fifteen minutes of competent filmmaking craft (which comprise the bulk of the trailer), and they expire well before the midpoint. Mostly, Tusk displays a complete lack of understanding in basic storytelling concepts: pertinent exposition, suspense vs. surprise, effective flashbacks, and, uh, story logic. Smith shows his hand far too early and then spends the remaining time putzing around with mundane eccentricity and narrative redundancy. While Tusk

  • Selma

    Selma

    ★★★★

    It's hard to believe the first major motion picture about Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn't made until 2014, but its arrival couldn't have come at a better time. To say race relations in the United States have been strained recently is a vast understatement. While much progress has been made since the days of the Civil Rights Movement, there is still plenty left to accomplish. Selma, with immense skill, illustrates that reality.

    The exclusion of opening credits immediately tells the…