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  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    Grieving for things not yet lost. Finding ourselves in the symmetry of what will be here long after we're gone. Passion as connection. Kogonada captures a microcosm of life itself through something profound but not pretentious or alien. It's just real. Beautifully, achingly real.

  • Punch-Drunk Love

    Punch-Drunk Love

    ★★★★½

    Despite its small scale, this is still probably PTA's most challenging film. It's completely understandable if you can't handle this thing's claustrophobic, manic energy. And yet, for me at least, the whole film sings. From the light in the phone booth turning on to the pure bliss of the scene between Sandler and Hoffman, this is the work of a director pushing himself out of his comfort zone yet staying in full command of his powers. Wish Sandler (and PTA, to be honest) would return to something like this.

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  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★½

    This is less a film about space and more about lacking autonomy even in the widest of spaces; about how the struggle for control over our bodies is often an ugly, violent mess of insecurity and doubt. This film gobbles up the warmhearted idealism of films like Interstellar and spits it into the gutter. Love is not what binds us across space and time, Denis argues. It’s our propensity for savagery.

    Read the full review on The Simple Cinephile.

  • Shazam!

    Shazam!

    ★★★★

    It has the kind of self-awareness that propelled films like Deadpool into the stratosphere, but it’s not in any way dampened by the smugness that has soured that superhero property for some. This is first and foremost a family film, and in this case that’s not just a classification, it’s a compliment. The film’s immense heart lies in Batson’s desire for a family, and how years of that wish never being granted has buried him in insecurity. The character development…