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  • August in the Water
  • Goliath and the Dragon
  • Pestonjee
  • Utsav

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  • Pathaan

    ½

  • All That Breathes

    ★★★★

  • YUREI DECO

    ★★★½

  • The Heike Story

    ★★★★½

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  • YUREI DECO

    YUREI DECO

    ★★★½

    science saru's version of a pop show, and somewhat bizarrely their second show (after the genuinely great heike story) about a young woman with a malfunctioning eye that shows inconvenient truths.

    of course it is science saru so all the interest in immediate pop pleasure hides a deep seated anxiety and allows a focus on drawing, movement, and hybrid digital technique all too rare in the industry.

  • The Heike Story

    The Heike Story

    ★★★★½

    my left eye sees ghosts

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  • Young Mr. Lincoln

    Young Mr. Lincoln

    ★★★★★

    history just a stick falling over in the snow, or a shadow cast over someone.

  • Kids Return

    Kids Return

    ★★★★½

    on certain days i think this melancholy portrait of young blindly navigating the passage into adulthood is kitano's finest work - a delicate synthesis of the editing and mise en scene experiments of his previous films, applied to arguably the most layered character work of his career (only achilles and the tortoise comes close for me).

    boxing becomes not a central metaphor but the physical shape of the film's emotional weights - every punch struck (in or out of the…