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Review: Koko-di Koko-da

A married couple attempts a camping trip, the first vacation they've had since an outing to celebrate their daughter's birthday. There is no child, now. They're alone, despondent, and aggravated as they twist through backroads before stoppi...

 
 
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Review: Loro

Paolo Sorrentino seems most comfortable around the wealthy. Since Il Divo, one of the Italian art filmmaker's now-11 year old features, his films have doted in and out of the wealthiest of circles. In that film we were swept away by the cor...

 
 
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Review: One Cut of the Dead

One of my favorite things about low-budget filmmaking is that when you see the strings, when you feel the quirks and inconsistencies that haven't been edited, re-shot, or focus-grouped away you get to see the people within the movie. You se...

 
 
 
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One Cut of the Dead wants you to skip its own trailer

Doing a movie in a single take is all the rage these days, so we should have all assumed that someone would make a zombie movie using that same hook. And so here we are with One Cut of the Dead, the Birdman of zombie movies--except this lo...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Review: Luz

When a film leans heavily into a retro aesthetic, I sometimes wonder how much is homage and how much of it is an affectation for cachet. Homage I’m fine with, but I have a hard time with filmmakers posturing for cred. I say this becau...

 
 
 
 
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Review: The Third Wife

Vietnam is a beautiful, beautiful country. I think if you have no interest in The Third Wife's quiet period drama and struggling women in a male-dominated culture, that beauty is more than enough reason to sit for the film. Were Ash Mayfair...

 
 
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Review: Diamantino

It can sometimes be easy to dismiss celebrities as shallow and jaded; the gorgeous model who poses in lavish jewelry for a living, or the actor who shows up with a line to collect millions for a car commercial. Diamantino, the gonzo politic...

 
 
 
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Review: The Fall of the American Empire

Every now and then I’ll see a movie that I don’t particularly like but I find thought provoking. Every now and then I’ll see a movie I find thought provoking not because of the depth of its ideas but because of the ideas i...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Aniara

Things seem to go awfully wrong in space, don't they? You could argue that without a problem, something going wrong, we don't usually have much of a movie to watch. But still, how often do characters go "Yeah let's do this space thing" and ...

 
 
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Review: Shadow

Zhang Yimou’s Shadow is a movie I need to see twice. How fitting. A second watch won’t just help me understand the complicated palace intrigue or enjoy the visual poetry that plays out in stunning tableaux; the images seem rende...

 
 
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C What's Good: What to watch on the Criterion Channel

Here in its first official capacity, C What’s Good is the monthly follow-up piece to our C What’s On round-up of the Criterion Channel’s monthly programming. Leaping off of the hard work done by our own Hubert Vigilla, I h...

 
 
 
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Tribeca Review: Aamis

Before going in to see Aamis, I tried to explain what this movie was about to Hubert while I was eating a large stack of pancakes. I said that it was a love movie about two people that bond over meat in an Indian society and I had no expect...

 
 
 
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The 2019 Cannes Film Festival announces its lineup

Cannes is one of, if not the most-esteemed film festivals in the modern circuit, hosting the premieres of the hottest, most-abstract, "I-don't-get-it-but-everyone-else-loves-it" films and filmmakers in the medium. For its 72nd incarnation, ...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Ash is Purest White

What is your life going to look like in the future? Who will you be close to, what will you do? I have a tough time picturing what I’m doing for dinner this week, let alone answering those questions. With Ash is Purest White, Chinese ...

 
 
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Review: An Elephant Sitting Still

Writer/director Hu Bo took his own life shortly after completing An Elephant Sitting, adapted from one of his own stories. He was only 29 years old. His lone feature film is so deeply moving and despondent. It is beautiful, and yet it aches...

 
 
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Review: The House

Watching The House reminded me of college, of the days when filmmakers were producing slick but low budget horror shorts for YouTube in the hopes that these efforts would open the door to recognition and funding to make feature films. Every...

 
 
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Review: Furie

You’ve probably seen Veronica Ngo (Ngô Thanh Vân) on the big screen before but didn’t realize it. Her biggest role was in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She played Rose’s sister, who dies in the bombing run that ope...

 
 
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Review: Climax

An introductory scene of Gaspar Noé’s Climax gives viewers some hints of what to expect. Interviews with the film’s character play on a CRT TV, where they speak of the artistic power of dance and what it means to their li...

 
 
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Review: The Cannibal Club

The Cannibal Club has a strong opening that blends convention and originality with something of a sinister smirk. Otavio (Tavinho Teixeira) and Gilda (Ana Luiza Rios) are a wealthy married couple in Brazil. Otavio owns a security firm and l...

 
 
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Review: Birds of Passage

Producing a follow up to 2015's stark Amazonian adventure Embrace of the Serpent must be an unenviable task. Where that film--the first Columbian production to be nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film--seeps in...

 
 
 
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Review: Molly

In the post-apocalyptic wilderness, a lone woman roams. She's armed to the teeth and keeps a trusty hawk as a lookout. She's an escapee from an experimental lab where she was injected with a mysterious super-juice in an attempt to turn her ...

 
 
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Review: Let the Corpses Tan

From its eye-catching classic poster, to its high-noon soundtrack and a sweeping vista, Let the Corpses Tan gives the impression of a modern twist to the spaghetti western. Though this French interpretation of an Italian interpretation of a...

 
 
 
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Five Fingers for Marseilles

Five self-appointed protectors watch over the railroad town of Marseilles. They ride through rolling parries, the rock faces of mountains filling the background. The iconography of the American western is alive and well through the South Af...

 
 
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Fantasia 2018 Review: Tigers Are Not Afraid

A mythic force is spiriting people away in a rundown Mexican town, leaving droves of abandoned children to cluster together and wander the streets themselves. This force is responsible for the disappearance of 10-year-old Estrella's (Paola ...

 
 




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Koko-di Koko-da"Groundhog Day for grieving parents"

 

Rambo: Last Blood"Rambome Alone"

 

Loro"Sympathy for the Devil"

 

Hustlers"Hustle 'n bustle"

 

The Goldfinch"The real deal or fool's gold?"

 

Promare"BURN TO THE GROUND"

 

One Cut of the Dead"Heart-felt brain munching"

 

IT Chapter Two"But are there vomiting turtles?"

 

Satanic Panic"Always tip your drivers"

 

The Peanut Butter Falcon"Who doesn't like Mark Twain?"

 

Artik"The evils of murder and whiskey"

 

Clownado"Cyclownin' around"

 

Ready or Not"Let's play a game"

 

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus"PHASE TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO"

 

The Amazing Johnathan Documentary"The man, the meth, the legerdemain"

 

Where'd You Go, Bernadette"Eh, she'll come back eventually"

 

Good Boys"Kissing party"

 

Driven"John DeLorean's shattered dream "

 

Long Gone By"Moral conundrum with ice cream "

 

Millennium Actress"A classic revived"

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain"No paws, all wheels"

 

The Kitchen"Half-cooked"

 

Dora and the Lost City of Gold"Can you say "mediocre?""

 
 
 
 
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