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  • Apocalypse Now
  • Sorcerer
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • Barry Lyndon

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  • Soul

    ★★★★

  • Parallel Mothers

  • Dune

    ★★★★

  • The Many Saints of Newark

    ★★★

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  • The Third Man

    The Third Man

    ★★★★★

    “It wasn't the German gin.”

    Post-WW2 Vienna is split up between the Allied Powers. It's as if they are congregated at the seat of Germanic culture to figure out what the hell humanity is meant to do next. The perfect setting for a noir murder mystery full of betrayal and intrigue. There's a museum dedicated to The Third Man in Vienna, and if you get the chance, pay it a visit. It is staffed by genuine enthusiasts who made me…

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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    How does Pixar manage to so deftly work wisdom and a feeling of magic into their movies—countless of them by now, and with such diverse forms. Ahhh, simple & straight-up life lessons, delivered in a warm-hearted & compassionate way. Pixar films shouldn’t be critiqued, just weighed in love & unvarnished joy. This one weighs a ton.

  • Dune

    Dune

    ★★★★

    Villeneuve's long-awaited science fiction space adventure, coming more than half a century after Frank Herbert’s novel with a couple failed attempts in between (a cancelled production by Jodorowsky in the 1970s, and a disastrous effort by Lynch in 1984), manages to be both deeply flawed and a movie that doesn’t disappoint. There are two films in there, and I think it will split audiences. It puts on the screen a spectacular and extremely cinematic version of a fascinating and imaginative…

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  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    Portrait of a Lady on Fire

    ★★★★½

    Excellent cinematography (Claire Mathon) and a powerful sense of place and time create an impressive backdrop for this love story between a female portrait painter (Noémie Merlant as Marianne) and the lady of the house (Adèle Haenel as Héloïse). Terrific performances memorably etch two strong-willed personalities, equally stubborn and intelligent, in the mind. Set at the end of the 18th century (the time of Jane Austen, whose style of romantic literature this film feels part of), the manners and behavioural…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★½

    A road trip to meet the parents turns into an inner voyage where identity breaks down and questions itself, and personalities and timelines shift. No-one really knows where they’re going, but danger seems to lie ahead. The film could almost be a spin-off of the last episode of Twin Peaks: The Return, with a long, bleak drive through an odd environment towards a strange place (to meet the parents, no less), and the basic facts of reality becoming less clear…