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  • Under the Silver Lake

    Under the Silver Lake

    ★★★★½

    “Was it possible that at every gathering, concert, peace rally, love-in, be-in, freak-in, here, up north, back east, wherever, some dark crews had been busy all along reclaiming the music, the resistance to power, the sexual desire from epic to every day? All they could sweep up for the ancient forces of free and fear? Gee he thought…I don’t know.” - Inherent Vice

    It’s hard to think of an L.A. Noir, or any L.A. based film, that didn’t inspire the…

  • Match Point

    Match Point

    ★★★★½

    There’s a school of thought which calls MATCH POINT the best film Woody Allen has ever made. For the first time in his career, the auteur dispensed with any sense of comedy to tell the story of an ex-tennis player who falls into the favor of an aristocratic British family. The film marks Allen’s first collaboration with Scarlett Johansson only two years after her breakout role in Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation.

    Allen uses Match Point to confront a number…

  • Scoop

    Scoop

    ★★★½

    More than any of the other films Allen shot in the United Kingdom, SCOOP is a comedy. Coming fresh off the heels of Match Point, Allen returned to remarkably similar locations and storylines to tell the story of the fictional Tarot Card Killer and the young journalism student who sets out to solve the case.

    Johansson returns in her second collaboration with Allen, not as a sexualized femme fatale, but dressed down and nerded up to fill the role of…

  • Cassandra's Dream

    Cassandra's Dream

    ★★★★★

    There’s very little hope in CASSANDRA’S DREAM, a film that operates in the hopes and dreams of one middle class family. It’s a tragic tale through and through and one that offers little in the way of comedy or optimism from its very first frames.

    The film opens on a shot of a boat as brothers Terry (Colin Farrell) and Ian (Ewan McGregor) excitedly haggle on the price with a salesman. This boat, the titular Cassandra’s Dream, means so much…

  • You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

    You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger

    ★★★★

    Allen’s last film in London is routinely ranked among the worst of his career. Released only one year before the director’s biggest financial success, and four years removed from the other films set in the city, YOU WILL MEET A TALL DARK STRANGER is a deeply misunderstood film.

    Allen tells the story of a family in crisis. When Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) abruptly asks Helena (Gemma Jones) for a divorce, feelings of pan and loss echo throughout the lives of their…

  • High Life

    High Life

    ★★★★★

    The genre of science fiction has been a focus of great filmmakers since Georges Mellies made A Trip to the Moon in 1902. Since then Kubrick, Tarkovsky and Nolan have all used the genre as the basis for career-defining masterpieces. With HIGH LIFE, Claire Denis follows in these legends’ footsteps while venturing into unexplored territory all her own.


    High Life is the story of Monte (Robert Pattinson), his infant daughter and an exploratory deep space mission that has gone terribly…

  • Dragged Across Concrete

    Dragged Across Concrete

    ★★★★½

    The films of S. Craig Zahler are not suited for the modern era. Bone Tomahawk and Brawl in Cell Block 99 came and went over the last few years, often overlooked or dismissed as interesting genre experiments despite earning ardent followings. DRAGGED ACROSS CONCRETE comes into the world during an extremely divisive and sensitive period in history; Zahler is acutely aware of this.

    It's difficult to infer anything about Zahler's political stances based on his films, as so many critics…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★½

    It's a Hollywood tradition to remake William Wellman's 1937 film A Star is Born, and of the four iterations made throughout history, Bradley Cooper's 2018 film is easily the most interesting, exciting and likely the best. A Star is Born tells the story of a famous musician who falls for a talented, unknown musician beginning a whirlwind romance and an unstoppable musical career. Every iteration of this tale has existed in different styles, including Judy Garland's Hollywood fairy-tale and Barbara…

  • Spellbound

    Spellbound

    ★★★★

    In 1958, Alfred Hitchcock used his film Vertigo to explore themes of loss, love and identity with a deep and multifaceted understanding of the world of psychoanalysis. Thirteen years earlier, the master of suspense made his first foray into the world of psychoanalysis with Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck.
    Spellbound is Vertigo's distant ancestor, sharing a great deal of DNA but with wholly different results. While Vertigo uses the thriller as an entry point for some larger themes and ideas,…

  • This Teacher

    This Teacher

    ★★★★

    As someone who's lived in major U.S. cities for his whole adult life, it's easy to let myself think that the stereotypical racist American lives far away from place I go in my daily life. It doesn't help that, being white, I have the privilege of simply being ignorant of any and all racism that occurs around me. The sad and scary nature that Mark Jackson confronts head on in This Teacher is that everyone is capable of hatred and…

  • Kifaru

    Kifaru

    ★★★

    It was international news, in March 2018, when Sudan passed away. Sudan was the last surviving male northern white Rhino and even though his passing was all over the news and social media, it's not likely most people remember anything about him. Perhaps it’s a byproduct of the social media age and the 24-hour news cycle, but no one seems to have time to worry about the extinction of one of the world's great creatures.
    Kifaru never feels like a…

  • High Flying Bird

    High Flying Bird

    ★★★★

    High Flying Bird's opening shot is an all-timer. Soderbergh gracefully guides us from a view of the Manhattan skyline, straight to the table where NBA rookie Erick Scott is being lectured by his agent (Andre Holland). It's a hell of a way to start a film and Soderbergh cuts directly to the heart of Tarell Alvin McCraney's script.
    In this first scene, Holland lays out what's at stake for both sides as the NBA is stuck in a lockout. "You…