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  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★

    Two scenes in I was already confused, until I picked up on that was entirely by design. Anthony Hopkins is the headliner as the dementia-addled Anthony, and we have Olivia Colman, Olivia Williams, Imogen Poots, Mark Gatiss and Rufus Sewell as among the supporting cast, and I felt some of them were superfluous until they too fall into a deliberate pattern once you’ve done the mental stitching. The London flat that Anthony occupies is simple, handsome, burnished, academic but I’d…

  • Burning

    Burning

    ★★★★½

    The foreign film of recent years that very much feels alive is Burning (South Korea, in English subtitles), even though it is about a young man named Jong-su (Ah-in Yoo) who doesn’t behave in ways that feel all that alive. But it’s the film itself that burns of real life authenticity. He is mopey, inward, and somewhat indolent. He runs into a childhood friend named Haemi (Jong-seo Jun) who he hasn’t seen in years. After something of a date they…

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  • Let Him Go

    Let Him Go

    ★★½

    Granddad is laconic and doesn't say much while Grandma is intrepid and gabby; the two together are faithful and very principled. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane are aging ranchers in 1950's Montana who have some very good reasons to get their grandson back from their daughter-in-law and her new husband. They travel from their Big Sky Country to the Dakotas in their station wagon for an urgent reunion with 6-year old Jimmy, and excuse me if I say the telling…

  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    The worst movie I've seen in months. But it's not your average horrible movie that's defeated by ineptitude or technical crudeness. It takes an enormously talented filmmaker, like Spike Lee, to swagger through a film this recklessly with such an affront to narrative focus. Like a shapeless neverending miniseries at 156 minutes, and it's often photographed like run of the mill cable content.

    Prior to turning it on I had mistakenly thought it was a Vietnam era war film, but…

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  • Minari

    Minari

    ★★★½

    What we have here is a Marriage Story, this one of a Korean family settling in Arkansas after a decade worth of work stints on the west coast in Reagan’s 1980’s. The family man Jacob Yi (Steven Yeun) seems to have used everything he had to acquire hayseeds farm land where he will grow his own vegetables, the home itself is a mobile trailer that to wife Monica (Yeri Han) is no grand life improvement. Two children are also wary,…

  • Contagion

    Contagion

    ★★★★

    In 2011, I thought Contagion was very good but had far-fetched question marks only because I didn’t understand then the credibility of an airborne virus, microbes and pathogens, incubation periods, and generally the science of it all which happens to be based on actual science. I had looked at it as a “thriller.” I saw it again this week, and it predicted a lot of things right or to come, and while the science has certain variables compared to contemporary…