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  • Meshes of the Afternoon
  • La Jetée
  • Don't Look Now
  • The Intruder

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

  • The Mummy

    ★★★½

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    ★½

  • The Tender Bar

    ★½

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  • The Silence of the Lambs

    The Silence of the Lambs

    ★★★★★

    One of those movies that you could use to teach just about anything about filmmaking as form and practice (camera placement, movement, point of view, lenses, costume, background casting, needle drops) but also pretty definitively more than the sum of all of Demme ‘s marvellous choices. It’s a landmark in American genre cinema because its luridness complements and informs its realism as well as its melancholy, and that synthesis in turn   accesses genuinely unsettling (and unsanitized)  ideas about misogyny…

  • Dear Evan Hansen

    Dear Evan Hansen

    ★½

    The megalomania of a 27 -year old Broadway star forcing himself into the movie adaptation of his star making role as a teenage dirtbag (baby)- now that’d be a great subject for a satirical musical. Dear Evan Hansen, though, is a deeply earnest musical -- a tear-jerker about damaged people trying to heal -- and frankly, the material and Ben Platt deserve one another. The songs may or may not deserve better, but  Pasek and Paul are pros while the…

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  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    I’ve been trying to put my finger on what bugs me so much about this movie, and sometimes I think it’s as simple as recognizing how hard its director - the very savvy and impressively successful Julia Ducornau - is *trying* to bug me: me, you, and everyone we know, and because Titane won the Palme, everyone you know is going to see it and be obliged to have an opinion on its self-consciously provocative contents, and maybe also on…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★½

    Inside Out Llewyn Davis