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  • Shiva Baby

    Shiva Baby

    ★★★★

    Uncut Gems by way of Inside Man, with a touch of graduation angst for good measure. What 25-year-old director Emma Seligman has managed to accomplish in a mere 78 minutes is damn-near miraculous, making for a debut that pulses with the promise of greater work. Shiva Baby would definitely benefit from more of an *ending*, and although you can feel the limitations of its $225,000 budget, you can only stretch this type of one-set scenario so far. Few films tap…

  • Bully

    Bully

    ★★★★

    Larry Clark’s Floridian Kids. Controversy has never been lost on Clark. To make films this cripplingly real takes a very rare breed of filmmaker, which in itself deserves credit. Clark’s voyeuristic tendency to let his lens loose on the naked teenage form has always caused concern with critics (and rightfully so), but there’s no escaping how instrumental it can be towards putting us in the minds of these characters. Bully lacks the detail of Harmony Korine’s carefully observed world, but the…

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  • Adaptation.

    Adaptation.

    ★★★★★

    I’m a failure. I never even finished school. I think about death too much. My brain is a prison. I’m getting fatter. My hair is too ginger in the sun. The 9-5 job I work is mindless. I’m estranged from my family. I’ve had addiction issues for ten years. They’re becoming a part of me. Just when I start to get clean, something sends me into relapse. I’m twenty-four but fifty seems imminent. I have spells of manic depression. Sometimes…

  • Blade Runner 2049

    Blade Runner 2049

    ★★★★½

    It's impossible for a movie to look better than this.

    Where the rambling of an avid film student's critique usually starts with an infatuated commentary on the director, it's hard not to admit that the cinematography for Blade Runner 2049 is the dominant player. Roger Deakins is quite clearly an auteur in his own right, creating an extended universe of his own through the vibrancy of his lighting. Taking the steely blue pallet of Prisoners and merging it with the…