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  • Summer of 85

    Summer of 85

    In Summer of 85, François Ozon Transcends the Politics of AIDS.
    He goes back, ebulliently, to the future of love.

    The challenge of François Ozon’s Summer of 85 is stated outright when heartbroken teenager Alexis (Félix Lefebvre) is told, “The only thing that matters is to somehow escape your history.” Those words are the key to Ozon’s latest sexual and moral provocation. Looking back to the era of the AIDS crisis, Ozon tests its recent political distortion (the history that…

  • Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue

    Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue

    China’s Art-Film Army of the Brainwashed.
    Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue confuses poetry for politics.

    Is Jia Zhang-ke’s Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue public art or political art? This documentary about survival in the People’s Republic of China appeals to our humanist sympathies, yet current conditions make it seem like propaganda.

    The gray, carefully modeled, lifelike sculptures of ethnic Chinese people displayed in the film’s opening shots are evocative of what used to be called “Family…

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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Despite repeated requests of six separate publicists, Warners and Sunshine Sachs declined to show me a prerelease screener of and denied me press access to Justice League. Readers may decide whether this insult is from fecklessness, incompetence or more nefarious reasons.

  • Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder's Justice League

    Zack Snyder’s Restored Grand Vision.
    He’s remaking our moral need into more than comic-book stuff.

    Zack Snyder’s Justice League (that’s the complete title) differs significantly from the 2017 film Justice League, a project Snyder began that was mutilated when Warner Brothers assigned Joss Whedon to rework it. Through the confluence of venal corporate interference, a rare instance of public outcry about the movie business (the online demand #ReleaseTheSnyderCut), and the opportunity to jump-start the new streaming service HBO Max, Snyder…