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  • Stories We Tell

    ★★★★½

  • The Laughing Club of India

    ★★★★

  • The Day the Mercedes Became a Hat

    ★★

  • Nine Behind

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  • Stories We Tell

    Stories We Tell

    ★★★★½

    This starts out as a sweet little documentary about Sarah Polley's family, but about halfway through, she asserts her skill and art on this piece, and turns it into a kind of stylized narrative work I'm pretty sure I've never seen before.

    I put off watching this for years, for a bunch of reasons, but oh, mercy, this is just so creative, so expertly handled, so well thought-out, and deft in its execution, that even if it wasn't also full…

  • The Laughing Club of India

    The Laughing Club of India

    ★★★★

    Amid the relentlessness of India's cities, the astonishing human density and poverty, how do people cope? Laughing clubs - where people meet up and do yoga-related laughter exercises - are a cheap & amazingly effective way to address that.

    Great interviews with some genuinely kind people, intercut with the crushing urban landscape that they're all trying to escape for a few minutes each day. I thought it was wonderful.

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  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★½

    Parasite starts as a fun-looking little thriller about a family of grifters and their oblivious marks. But then the heat turns up, and then it finds another gear, and another, and soon everyone in the theater had stopped breathing, waiting for the next moment.

    To call it a Korean "Get Out" as written by Dostoevsky kind of sells it a bit short. Hitchcock would be proud.

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★★

    As much as anything, this is a love letter to New York City; it felt full of little easter eggs only people who live in NYC would get, and the plot reminded me enough of "The Warriors" that I was able to relax and watch it on those terms.

    This is as frenetic and eye-burning a movie as you'll ever see, and yet it's achingly beautiful in parts. I wept openly multiple times as Miles Morales finds connection with people…