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  • House
  • Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
  • Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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  • Neal Brennan: Blocks

    ★★★★

  • Gregory

    ★★½

  • Joe

    ★★★★

  • The Duel

    ★★★★½

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  • The Northman

    The Northman

    ★★★★½

    ► VIDEO: The Northman | Arthouse Auteur Takes On Viking Epic

    The Northman is a bone-crushing, blood-letting, lava-spewing viking revenge saga based on the legend of Amleth. It is a rarefied and risky big budget studio film from an auteur writer/director and a passion project for its body-baring star for which I had great expectations and certain reservations.

    Going into 2022, The Northman was my most anticipated film of the year. My case was simple:

    Exhibit A: The Witch

    Exhibit…

  • Everything Everywhere All at Once

    Everything Everywhere All at Once

    ★★★★½

    The first half melted my mind.

    The second half melted my heart.

    The Daniels wisely give the audience what they want before giving them what they need.

    Everything Everywhere All At Once is an audiovisual overload in the best way imaginable.

    The film crucially lays the groundwork upfront, establishing the characters, their desires and their relationships to each other, breathing in humanity with terrific performances from the three leads: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu and Ke Huy Quan. The result is…

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  • Neal Brennan: Blocks

    Neal Brennan: Blocks

    ★★★★

    That Neal Brennan sure does pour a tall glass of stand-up traumedy. As insightful and truthful as it is funny. The digs at John Mulaney and Chris Rock are choice. Such an unexpected and powerful finale. When I saw it was directed by Derek DelGaudio I went, “Ohhhhhhhh.”

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  • Gregory

    Gregory

    ★★½

    Don’t fuck with Gregory.

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  • Bones and All

    Bones and All

    Armie Hammer's most anticipated film of the fall.

  • Hands of Bresson

    Hands of Bresson

    ★★★★

    Young hands. Old hands. Clean hands. Dirty hands. Free hands. Imprisoned hands. Steady hands. Shaky hands. The hands of an alcoholic. The hands of a pickpocket. Black and white hands. Hands in color.

    You can learn a lot about a filmmaker's body of work by focusing on one part of the body. Video essayist Kogonada artfully isolates the hands at work in the films of French auteur Robert Bresson. The director is known for lingering shots on hands, perhaps something…