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  • Personal Shopper

    Personal Shopper

    ★★★★

    It's not so much that I don't believe in ghosts, but I find it hard to conceive of ghosts believing in us. If you were a ghost, would you? I just think they lose interest in us pretty quickly. But if Olivier Assayas is telling a ghost story, I'm going to be on board.

    I've long been a big fan of this French filmmaker. I still consider his "Summer Hours" (2008) one of the best films of this century. Even…

  • A Touch of Class

    A Touch of Class

    ★★★

    Yet another example of how and why it's so difficult for any but the most exceptional romantic comedies to continue to ring true across the years. It's not the complete lack of judgment the film exhibits for its extramarital affair; frankly, I wish we were less uptight today about such matters. No, it's the rank inequality so consistently on display between the man and woman. They don't come to the affair as equals (he's happily married, she's divorced), and it's…

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  • 1917

    1917

    ★★★★

    I didn't drink the Kool-Aid, and that made all the difference. I was aware of the hype surrounding this film -- oners! told in real time! -- but never really paid attention to it. The worst thing about film hype is that it leaves me going too far in the other direction ("Really? That's it?"). That's probably what happened to me with fellow Best Picture nominee "Parasite," for instance. But because I watched "1917" in a relatively hype-free environment, I…

  • Game Night

    Game Night

    ★★★★

    It's wrong that I should feel such an exceptional need to defend giving a comedy four stars on this venue -- it's just, you know, a comedy -- but when writers and directors take this much care on a film to get things right that they didn't even need to get right, hey, you've got to call them out. Did this movie need that amazing tracking shot in the mansion? Or the futuristic yet retro score? Or all those inside-showbiz…