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  • The Cloud-Capped Star
  • A Husband’s Confession
  • Youth in Fury
  • Escape by Night

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  • A Night at the Movies

    ★★½

  • Wolf Lowry

    ★★★

  • Wild and Woolly

    ★★★

  • Matrimonios juveniles

    ★★★

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  • A Night at the Movies

    A Night at the Movies

    ★★½

    Robert Benchley creating situation-comedy in his own image.

  • Wolf Lowry

    Wolf Lowry

    ★★★

    Takes some chutzpah to build a movie around such a dislikeable character, I'm impressed. Then there's all this redemption/backsliding/redemption stuff that's not especially credible... When it surfaces, the 'Romantic loner' vibe is as strong as something you'd see in the 40s or 50s.

    The movie's concept of 'romance,' though...

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  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Glib and carelessly-imagined ode to privilege. I tried to ignore my distaste for the superficial artsiness of the characters, but after the scene where the blonde girl decided it would be kicks to go to a slummy-looking neighborhood and photograph sex-workers I just couldn't. Esp. when the SW were all "Hello, American Lady Woman! We love you! Come taste the wines and cheeses of my village!"

    An art-adjacent lifestyle is one thing, an arts career is another.

  • Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

    Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

    ★★★

    If this were by a female director, it'd be a compelling menstrual-hut-power fantasy ode to Goddess Reproductive Magic, but that's not a movie that any man could make, so...

    Disturbing crypto-pedo fantasy that reads like Charles Dodgson and Roman Polanski brainstorming on heavy doses of MDMA.

    It's got vampires + a very girly magic-realism drawn from fairy-tales and dream-work. A bit kitsch, innit? In a good way, though, like a lo-fi Nazareno Cruz.