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  • Drive My Car
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  • The Worst Person in the World
  • The Tragedy of Macbeth

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  • Nine Days

    ★★★★½

  • Interstellar

    ★★★½

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

    ★★★★½

  • Nitram

    ★★★★

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  • Parallel Mothers

    Parallel Mothers

    ★★★★

    Reuniting with frequent collaborator Penélope Cruz, Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar tells a typically compelling tale in Parallel Mothers, his twenty-second feature. While the soap opera melodrama here is played a little too heavy-handed on occasion, his written screenplay is elevated by Milena Smit and Cruz's captivating performances. Cruz is a staple of Almodóvar's work, and loss and motherhood are two of the most prominent topics in his filmography, but this never feels like a regurgitation of any of his previous…

  • Petite Maman

    Petite Maman

    ★★★★★

    In Petite Maman, French director and screenwriter Céline Sciamma has crafted a thoughtful, disarming rumination on loss through the eyes of a child and the connection between a mother and her daughter. The hallmarks of Sciamma's skill are evident throughout, from her expertly crafted shots to her spare but effective use of music. As a result, virtually every moment of the film feels highly personal as it observes a little girl grieving the loss of her grandmother and suffering emotional isolation…

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  • Nine Days

    Nine Days

    ★★★★½

    Japanese/Brazilian filmmaker Edson Oda's Nine Days is an ambitious two-hour-plus opus on life, death, and the meaning of everything. Oda, who had previously devoted himself to making music videos, shorts and commercials, constructs an ingenious imagining of a beforelife that observes Will (Winston Duke) operating out of a small house quite literally in the middle of nowhere. His business is to interview and question five unborn souls over nine days to conclude which one of them will go on to become human…

  • Interstellar

    Interstellar

    ★★★½

    Interstellar is another movie juggernaut from Christopher Nolan that proves he undeniably has an eye for creating great and expansive cinematic experiences. Unfortunately, while the acting is credible and the visuals often breathtaking, it frequently comes across as a pale rehash of a particular Kubrick movie, with a wormhole near Saturn substituting for a monolith on the moon. It's an ambitious tale, as is frequently Nolan's calling card, and it hums relentlessly along for nearly three hours. However, whereas his…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    So it's finally here, the reshot and retooled alternate version of the 2017 box office bomb Justice League. Now admittedly, Zack Snyder's films, along with those of Michael Bay, have never been able to fill me with joyous anticipation. Still, I've had protracted intentions of watching this after all the ridiculous and childish absurdities of the years of online campaigning of #ReleasetheSnyderCut. This campaign saw a loud and primarily obnoxious community insisting they were being denied access to a secret…

  • The Matrix Resurrections

    The Matrix Resurrections

    ★★

    The Matrix Resurrections is an overly long and tedious film that revives Neo (Keanu Reeves) as computer programmer Thomas Anderson, sixty years after the narrative events in Revolutions. The Matrix now labours harder than ever to keep him subdued, including creating a therapist that continually prescribes him some blue pills. Still, he cannot stop having bizarre dreams and visions as he lives his prosperous yet ordinary life. This outing of the science fiction action franchise sorely misses the impressive camerawork of Bill…