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    ★★½

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    ★★★★½

    It is not the easiest thing in the world to find a film that compares to that 1964 masterpiece "Woman in the Dunes," the one about surviving in an ever-enclosing space. This underrated 21st century French film with the overly generic title nevertheless has me seeing fascinating correlations.

    A happy bohemian family has lived off of an incomplete highway for years, only for public road construction to begin again and thus spoil their living space; really, it's a structural public…

  • Enter the Void

    Enter the Void

    ★★★★★

    One of the weirdest movies ever made, right up there with “Last Year at Marienbad” and “Eraserhead.” I was free to reflect during Enter the Void with its psychedelic style and free-association form (disclaimer: the subjective first-person POV placement will alienate some viewers). I loved this Noé film, my favorite of his, because nothing has ever been done like it before and it sung to me. Most movies crowd and close you in with trivial dialogue and arbitrary plot stuffing.…

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  • Second Best

    Second Best

    ★★

    Can a sensitively written and well-acted movie… turn out bad? William Hurt is a middle-aged postmaster from a Welsh town who has been repressed and single forever. Hurt is caring for his ailing father who isn’t going to be around much longer, and so he decides to adopt an 11-year old boy (Chris Cleary Miles) to fill in the void. The boy has a disturbed past: His real father once kidnapped him for a retreat in the woods; it was…

  • Princess Caraboo

    Princess Caraboo

    ★★½

    If you were ever smitten with Phoebe Cates from the 1980’s but are agitated that she never got enough quality roles, then you might want to look at this family-friendly period pic from 1994. Cates is a prideful and enigmatic young traveler who arrives on 1817 England aristocratic grounds. She goes by Caraboo, she speaks an indistinct language but when they bring a translator to the court it is interpreted that her father is a king in a faraway land…

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  • Walkabout

    Walkabout

    ★★★★★

    In Australia when an Aborigine man-child reaches sixteen, he is sent out into the land. For months he must live from it. Sleep on it. Eat of its fruit and flesh. Stay alive. Even if means killing his fellow creatures. The Aborigines call it the Walkabout. This is the story of a Walkabout.” – Prologue

    The greatest film ever made. Walkabout features two city children lost in the Outback, luckily saved by an Aborigine boy who is on his yearlong…

  • Contagion

    Contagion

    ★★★★

    In 2011, I thought Contagion was very good but had far-fetched question marks only because I didn’t understand then the credibility of an airborne virus, microbes and pathogens, incubation periods, and generally the science of it all which happens to be based on actual science. I had looked at it as a “thriller.” I saw it again this week, and it predicted a lot of things right or to come, and while the science has certain variables compared to contemporary…