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  • Cold Meridian

    ★★★½

  • House of Gucci

    ★★

  • Symphony No. 42

    ★★★★

  • Starlet

    ★★★★½

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  • Mad God

    Mad God

    ★★★★½

    Visual effects maestro Phil Tippett's Mad God is a visionary achievement of stop-motion animation decades in the making. The grim, bodily fluid-filled gem takes place in a post-apocalyptic wonderland, a world that Tippett has fully realized with meticulous details. The brutal violence and crudity of the film will alienate many. Judging by some Letterboxd reviews, it already has. For the rest of us, Mad God is one of the most awe-inspiring animated features around. Tippett finishing the film and it…

  • Je, tu, il, elle

    Je, tu, il, elle

    ★★★★★

    The reason I have fallen so madly in love with Chantal Akerman's work is the unparalleled understanding and empathy with which she handles mental illness, loneliness and malaise. There is no greater auteur of sorrow and isolation. When we meet Julie, her character in Je, tu, il, elle, she is quietly experiencing a psychotic break alone in her apartment after a breakup. She paints her walls, rewrites the same letter repeatedly, and reduces herself to eating powdered sugar for sustenance.…

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  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★

    For a film with such a strong pedigree behind it and the Gucci family as the subjects, it is most unfortunate that House of Gucci ends up feeling more like a counterfeit Gucci bag. In an act of heroism, Al Pacino manages to deliver the film's lone good performance. From a technical perspective, Ridley Scott's film employs a suitably lavish, elegant look. Otherwise, it is essentially an utter disaster. At 159 minutes, the damned thing is obscenely overlong and fails…

  • Starlet

    Starlet

    ★★★★½

    Indie auteur Sean Baker's breakthrough effort, Starlet is an understated, achingly sincere film about the unexpected friendship between an aspiring actress (Dree Hemingway, Mariel's daughter) and a grumpy old lady (Besedka Johnson). There is a startling reveal about halfway through the film that really places Hemingway's character in a different context, which led me to find her even more endearing than I already did. On the other hand, her roommate and colleague (Stella Maeve) is an utterly vile person, portrayed…

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  • Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    Dave Chappelle: The Closer

    I debated not even speaking on The Closer, because first of all, I absolutely do not want to take away from anyone in my own community who is hurt or offended by this special. You absolutely have a right to express your feelings and be heard. Please share your perspective! All I can do is speak from my own experience as someone who has been a fan of Dave Chappelle for a very long time and, within the past year,…

  • There's Someone Inside Your House

    There's Someone Inside Your House

    ★½

    Even for a teen slasher, There's Someone Inside Your House is woefully uninspired. Patrick Brice's film attempts to use horror to address cancel culture ... at least until it forgets about that angle pretty quickly, which is just as well since it was eye-rolling and poorly developed in the first place, as the movie has nothing meaningful to say on any topic. In actuality, the political framing is just a gimmick to paint a very, very thin coat of fresh…