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  • City on Fire

    City on Fire

    ★★★★★

    A perfect cops-and-robbers crime thriller, played out on the busy, neon-lit streets of 1980's Hong Kong. Swift, bloody, and as cool as they come.

  • Afternoon

    Afternoon

    A long conversation between one of cinema's greatest director-actor pairings, Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng, Afternoon begins with Tsai commenting on Lee's feet. Tsai notices that Lee's feet have a yellow hue, which Lee explains is because he's been soaking his feet in sulfur to treat his blisters, blisters he developed while working on Tsai's stage play The Monk from Tang Dynasty. It's a fitting opening to a discussion of an oeuvre and creative relationship to which Lee's body is…

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  • Residue

    Residue

    ★★★★

    A woozy, intimate, impressionistic debut, and a great one at that. The story is about Jay (Obinna Nwachukwu), a young filmmaker who returns from LA to his childhood neighborhood in Washington D.C. to work on a script. When he gets there, he’s troubled and disoriented by the gentrification he finds is revamping the streets on which he made the memories of his youth, and by the gun violence and drug use/dealing for which some of his old friends are doing serious…

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    I'm Thinking of Ending Things

    ★★★★

    Dense and mystifying. It’s an unmooring in time and a maze of non sequiturs that Kaufman refuses to hold our hand through. As it does for Lucy, realizing that a relationship is on the brink of becoming serious, and the question of whether or not you should break it off, can open the floodgates to thoughts and anxieties about family, aging, the memories you have and will make, who you are now and who you'll be later. Kaufman wades through…