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  • Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese

    ★★★★½

    There is a lot to unpack here, even as the film sits back, arms crossed, laughing to itself about all those poor souls undertaking the fools' errand of trying to unravel fact from fiction, missing wholesale the greater, grander truths laid bare before them.

    If you're not the young New England woman as the house lights come up fighting to retain composure before finally succumbing to the depth of your emotions and the deluge of your tears, weightless and freighted…

  • Jesus, You Know

    Jesus, You Know

    ★★★★

    A slyly engrossing formalist twist on the silence of God, which uses a series of confessions and confidences to create an austere portrait of projection -- of guilt, of hope, of doubt, of fear, of culpability, of agency -- and dependence, particularly the way that frustrated interpersonal connections can be sublimated into spiritual longing.

    I don't for a second buy the documentary conceit (there are two credited screenwriters, including Seidl) but neither do I believe that there isn't a vérité…

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  • Mascots

    Mascots

    ★★★½

    If Fred Willard ever succumbs to dementia, how are we going to know?

  • Ex Machina

    Ex Machina

    ★★★★

    More like Excellent Machina, amirite?