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  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Winter Light
  • I Am Curious (Yellow)
  • The Great Beauty

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  • Mysterious Object at Noon

    ★★★½

  • Dawn of the Dead

    ★★★★

  • A Quiet Place Part II

    ★★★★

  • (500) Days of Summer

    ★★★★½

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  • Mysterious Object at Noon

    Mysterious Object at Noon

    ★★★½

    Mysterious Object at Noon, Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s debut film, follows in the tradition of Abbas Kiarostami. Weerasethakul studied the late auteur’s work at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and from the first minutes of the film, we can observe Kiarostami’s visual trademarks (scenes filmed from a driving vehicle) and exploration of fact versus fiction.

    In Mysterious Object at Noon, the exquisite corpse party game is brought to life, Weerasethakul’s film crew interviewing those they come across while traveling…

  • Holy Motors

    Holy Motors

    ★★★★

    A crafty commentary (and maybe comedy?) on cinema and life. Life's toils, exercises in futility, and the surreal link together to form this creative expression from Leos Carax.

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  • Up in the Air

    Up in the Air

    ★★★★½

    A love story without love. A fitting double feature with Anomalisa. Jason Reitman deconstructs the glamor of placelessness and commitmentless, showing that what keeps us grounded is the people and memories that we keep.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    2019 Ranked

    When I first saw the trailer for Joker, I thought the premise could offer a potentially new look at the character of the Joker. It seemed like a comic book movie with a slightly darker tone, and Joaquin Phoenix’s involvement suggested that it wouldn’t be your run-of-the-mill film. Phoenix doesn’t do those films.

    Until reading responses to the trailer, I hadn’t considered the immense controversy that 2 minutes would conjure or the immense vitriol that 2 hours and…