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  • Notturno

    Notturno

    ★★★½

    Gianfranco Rosi's kaleidoscopic portrait of the Middle East is yet another empathetic non-fiction work from the distinctive filmmaker. As is his wont, it's crafted in a highly observational vérité style that sometimes kept me at a distance. Still, there's no denying his impeccable visual storytelling techniques, with artful compositions and intimate scenes that speak volumes about the region's sociopolitical climate.

  • Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

    ★★★½

    I found this film such an engrossing tale of obsession and unrequited love. Natasa Stork is alluringly enigmatic and the ambiguity and mystery kept me hooked. Not convinced it sticks the landing but it's a strong film nonetheless.

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  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★

    With some experimental visual concepts and philosophical themes, Soul marks a welcome departure for Pixar into more ambitious, mature work.
    Though its heady nature sacrifices some of their trademark emotional power, this is truly accomplished and elegant filmmaking otherwise. Wondrous animation, lovely music and thought-provoking script.

  • Quo Vadis, Aida?

    Quo Vadis, Aida?

    ★★★★

    Powerful stuff thanks largely to the subject, but also Jasmila Žbanić's strong storytelling. It really digs into the nitty-gritty procedural details of war, building a tense atmosphere of dread. Would make an interesting, albeit depressing double feature with "Dear Comrades", another woman-centric account of a historical armed conflict.