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  • Fanny and Alexander
  • All That Jazz
  • Halloween
  • Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

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  • Fear Street: 1978

  • Fear Street: 1994

    ★★★½

  • The Burning

    ★★½

  • Old

    ★★

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  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    The Killing of a Chinese Bookie

    ★★★

    The shorter, '78 cut. I suspect I'd prefer the longer cut.

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    ★★★

    The posters for Rogue One append “A Star Wars Story” to its title. But that subtitle is absent from the film itself, which bears only the title of Rogue One. It’s a fitting ambiguity for a film suffering from an identity crisis, a film that resists the mythic fairytale storytelling of its forebears while needing that same myth to justify its existence.

    What makes “a Star Wars story” is more than X-Wings and lightsabers, but the epic showdown of capital-G…

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  • Infinitely Polar Bear

    Infinitely Polar Bear

    ★★★★

    There’s something incredibly endearing about Infinitely Polar Bear’s unostentatious simplicity. Constructed on familiar indie tropes – a hand-made, whimsical aesthetic, a period setting, a family unit defined equally by conflict and closeness – the film sidesteps cliché to conjure an utterly charming experience.

    Infinitely Polar Bear’s impossibly twee title is paraphrased from Faith Stuart’s (Ashley Aufderheide’s) description of her father, Cam (Mark Ruffalo), as “totally polar bear” – meaning bi-polar, or manic-depressive. Cam’s mental illness serves as the dramatic impetus…

  • Ukraine Is Not a Brothel

    Ukraine Is Not a Brothel

    ★★★½

    The story told by Kitty Green’s documentary Ukraine is Not a Brothel is a fascinating one. But the appeal of this film is not the mystery it unravels as it examines the inner workings of Ukrainian feminist movement FEMEN, but the thoughtful and thought-provoking perspective provided by its Australian director. This is a sterling example of the potential of the documentary, beholden to the constraints of the medium – talking heads, investigative journalism, etcetera – and yet elevating the form…