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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★★

    Shines through even the worst viewing conditions (behind someone a head taller than me in those super low Angelika rows, across from another person texting from their $17 seat).

    Drawn as I was by how well Sciamma, plus Merlant and Haenel, master the art of gazing and being gazed upon that's so central to queer cinema, no one could prepare me for the gut punch of one final "Turn around." It's a film about artist and muse, after all. Also…

  • Tomboy

    Tomboy

    ★★★★½

    Watching Tomboy after keeping up with Blank Check's Miyazaki miniseries this fall has me struck by how naturalistic the depiction of childhood is here. You form these secret rituals that you'll never be able to articulate why for the rest of your life, and then summer ends and it's time to start school in a new city.

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  • Atlantics

    Atlantics

    ★★★★½

    A migration story haunted by the lovers left behind and a ghost story just as swept up in class warfare. Some of the finest sound design and music this year by Mati Diop and Fatima Al Qadiri. Look forward to catching up on Diop's shorts (spare Karag*rga invite, ma'am?), as well as whatever else she has coming up.

  • The Irishman

    The Irishman

    ★★★★★

    tweeting "king shit" into the void to avoid confronting my mortality/the wrecking effects of capitalism/the lives we left behind and didn't lead