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  • Azor

    ★★★

  • Bergman Island

    ★★★½

  • Drive My Car

    ★★★★

  • The Last Duel

    ★★★½

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  • First Cow

    First Cow

    THE LAND OF MILK AND HONEY

    The first word that come to mind when considering director Kelly Reichardt’s marvelous new frontier drama 'First Cow' is *nice*. It is a gentle, unhurried story about a pair of mostly decent people whose loftiest ambition is to carve out a modestly comfortable niche for themselves by touting life’s simple pleasures. This makes 'First Cow' something of an outlier in Reichardt’s work. Even in the filmmaker’s more superficially placid works, an exhausting angst is…

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  • Azor

    Azor

    ★★★

    MUBI

    An unnerving, slow-motion thriller set in the world of the Argentinean elite, ca. 1980, as the military dictatorship prosecutes its "Dirty War" (aka Operation Condor) against its own people. Shades of Polanski here, in that private Swiss banker Yvan De Wiel -- preternaturally polite and unobtrusive -- is following the trail of a predecessor, in this case a partner who has gone missing under mysterious and alarming circumstances. There's some Kubrick in the film's style, and some John le…

  • Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    ★★★½

    IFC Films Screener

    The feminine urge to dance to ABBA.

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