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  • The Devil All the Time

    The Devil All the Time

    ★★★★

    A dizzying, provocative meditation on violence, religion and faith, Antonio Campos' The Devil All the Time is a powerhouse adaptation of the Donald Ray Pollock novel. It's a grim experience from start to finish, and the execution is undeniably messy at times, but Campos' method of storytelling allows the dark atmosphere to feel strangely infectious to the viewer. While many book adaptations fail at conveying the intended tone as a result of heavy-handed narration, the exposition in TDAtT never comes…

  • Tenet

    Tenet

    ★★★★★

    if Christopher Nolan really loved palindromes so much he should’ve thrown TENET in the trash and named the film XANAX instead because holy shit i really needed one afterwards

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  • Summer of 85

    Summer of 85

    ★★★

    François Ozon's Été 85 is a nostalgic coming-of-age film, but while gorgeously shot, it feels very surface-level and the beautiful imagery just can't make up for an unfocused narrative. The characters are given enough room to breathe in the story, and I could definitely see Ozon's homages and inspirations, but this was kind of a mixed bag overall for me. That being said, I'm definitely looking forward to checking out some of Ozon's other works soon, as his style stuck with me even when this film faltered in its execution.

  • Pieces of a Woman

    Pieces of a Woman

    ★★★★½

    Kornél Mundruczó's achingly infectious and personal Pieces of a Woman is a deeply resonant and heartbreaking drama grounded in grief, drowning in darkness, yet guiding viewers to a glowing light at the end of the tunnel. It's astonishingly raw in its portrayal of the anguish and pain experienced by a couple suffering from both the emotional and legal aftermaths of a cataclysmic tragedy, fronted by two astounding leads (namely Vanessa Kirby, who delivers one of the most vulnerable and devastating…

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  • Mulan

    Mulan

    ★★

    The director of this (who is a white woman) said back in February in this interview that "Although it's a critically important Chinese story and it's set in Chinese culture and history, there is another culture at play here, which is the culture of Disney".

    that should tell you pretty much all you need to know. Disney, how fucking hard is it to just hire directors of color?

  • Spree

    Spree

    ★★★½

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

    Joe Keery murdering a guy by running him over with a car while the Gummy Bear song plays is POETIC CINEMA!