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  • Yella

    Yella

    ★★★★

    On DVD

    Strong performances. Excellent direction. Fascinating script.

    I would love to have heard the discussions about the ending. Since you know pretty well from early on what the twist is, I would like to have heard what alternatives were considered.

  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

    Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

    ★★★

    On the BFI Channel on Amazon Prime
    Original language with subtitles

    Whereas the first film moved so quickly it felt like only Act 1 in the story, this follow-up takes its time. There is more poetry. The anime is more complex, the number of characters reduced for all intents and purposes to two, until the New Major shows up. This film lets you hang out in its world more. It’s a fascinating world. The filmmakers suggest many issues that might…

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  • 8½

    ★★★★★

    On MUBI

    What is there to say that has not already been said?

    This time I admired the various lighting schemes and camera strategies while floating away in that score.

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★★

    Netflix

    An inspired mix of history, rage, cinema shout outs, more rage, and finally hope. Insanely good.