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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★

    For the 2018 Muriel Awards, I waxed lyrically about Nicholas Britell's gorgeous score for this film here.

  • Happy as Lazzaro

    Happy as Lazzaro

    ★★★½

    I took yet another break from my film-critic sabbatical to offer a few words on this Alice Rohrwacher film—which I don't quite love as much as the rest of you do—for In Review Online here.

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  • Andrei Rublev

    Andrei Rublev

    ★★★★★

    Seven episodes in the life of the titular medieval Russian icon painter, all of which add up to one of the most vivid and detailed cinematic depictions I've ever seen of the life of an artist. From naive optimism about human nature to an abject despair that leads him to swear off art-making for about 15 years, then finally a renewal of his passion with the help of a former monk and a young bellmaker (whose obsessive quest to finish…

  • Trouble Every Day

    Trouble Every Day

    ★★★★½

    An alternately lyrical and brutal vision of desire as pure lust, with cannibalism envisioned as the end result of tossing off one's inner humanity in favor of animal instinct. But then, isn't that what sex essentially is, in some ways? Not that Claire Denis is puritanical about sex; Trouble Every Day is framed not merely as the typical slasher-movie "sex = death" equation, but more as a blood-and-thunder struggle between thought and feeling, scientific detachment and Romantic passion. Certainly, I…