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  • The Long Day Closes
  • Two Lovers
  • Shame
  • Trouble Every Day

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  • Candyman

    ★½

  • Old

    ★½

  • Bergman Island

    ★★★½

  • Saloum

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  • Candyman

    Candyman

    ★½

    Lots of point form notes without any elucidation or connective tissue.

  • Old

    Old

    ★½

    The Missouri Breaks. Big fan of Stanley Tucci/George Clooney’s lovechild.

    Some pretty great cinematography… and that is about the only thing that works here. It’s just not remotely entertaining or engrossing for two crucial reasons: a) it doesn’t develop its premise, just repeats it over and over again (which, of course, gets boring after about ten minutes on the beach); and b) we have no reason to care about any of these aliens. The Village and Signs are thriller masterpieces…

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  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★★

    I don't believe I've ever seen a film that's equally cruel as it is empathetic to its characters. Watching these identities unfold -- or not -- becomes, stealthily, an almost unbearably draining, unsettling experience. The interplay of gender and class with paranoia and vulnerability here is something of an unprecedented chemical reaction; a serene, realistic waking nightmare.

    Imagine having this much confidence in your storytelling, pacing, form, and ambiguity... BURNING is essentially the cinematic equivalent of negative space; SCHRODINGER'S CAT:…

  • Annihilation

    Annihilation

    ★★★★½

    APOCALYPSE NOW x THE LAST OF US x 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY x UNDER THE SKIN x MISSION TO MARS x STALKER x THE THING x SOLARIS x THE VILLAGE x STARGATE x ALIEN. And yet... entirely its own brilliant concoction. Smart, adult, uncompromising. 

    The closest a film has come to depicting an acid trip, I think. Unnerving and scary as all hell. The score felt like SICARIO’s blended with ARRIVAL’s; foreign, alien, beguiling, almost welcoming, beyond tense. Shouts to Portishead, and RIP Johann Johannsson. Portman reeeeally improving as an actor - incredibly committed.

    2018 in film basically already better than all of 2017.