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|65 T7||Karl Marx City (2017) - Aug 18, 2017|
|40 T3||Dunkirk (2017) - Aug 01, 2017|
|26 T1||I Married a Shadow (1983) - Jul 23, 2017
"Ebert inexplicably gave this four stars, finding some sort of tenderness and character in these hoary, soapy plot points and scenes that manage to just find the wrong, i.e. amateur tone each time out. Directed by some hack in an artlessness that could be mistaken for artfulness in the Rohmer/Chabrol manner, it jumps off the tracks after the train does the same. Anyway, the film has been forgotten."
|73 T8||Frantz (2016) - Jul 17, 2017
"While the details are quite stunning (like one of Hesse’s small town descriptions brought to life) there is a strong sense of an outdated fetish for the classic novel which has already bored intellectuals in the 60s. And yet the sensible intensity with which Ozon carries the pain for fallen soldiers is so strong that not even a metaphoric final affirmation of (gay) life can quite negate the luscious melancholy."
|85 T10||A Quiet Passion (2016) - Jul 16, 2017|
|70 T8||The Lost City of Z (2017) - Jul 02, 2017
"Gray, in his film-scholarly, romantic temperament doesn't have a rousing, mad adventure film in him; so he makes a transcendental one, and for all the felt passage of time I admire the sadness and controlled beauty this approach slowly unravels."
|69 T8||King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017) - Jun 26, 2017
"Something scared me while believing that film grammar was slowly being reconfigured into pure swaggering pathos, just montages and no scenes, just impact and no lore. But then again Ritchie might just be a dick."
|75 T9||Kong: Skull Island (2017) - Jun 24, 2017
"Wonderfully nasty, spatially insane monster horror with a modern rock 'n' roll style and appropriately psychedelic college bro writing, because party hard and let's kill this thing. I mean, I recommend the ride and I haven’t seen a more visually turned on film this year, but too often these days I find myself praising blockbusters for essentially soulless characteristics that used to be the domain of trailers and music videos."
|74 T9||The Putin Interviews (2017) - Jun 21, 2017
"Stone's political narratives are always about understanding the power structures of the world, and in their non-judgemental stance and opposition to conventional media they are probably also peace projects. Now, the Russian soul will remain a mystery to the West, but it's healthy to consider the words of a dedicated leader who refuses to officially see us as his enemy."
|45 T4||Persona (1966) - Jun 11, 2017
"Here Bergman discovers a psychoanalytic language that feels as exclamatory and outdated now as Hitchcock's Spellbound. With expressive lights and shadows he blocks his way to the transfiguration that functions as the horror finale in the same way that a nail is driven into a hand at midpoint, i.e. not profound, but certainly blunt. The direction gives us a psychic rupture, but the text has the dynamics of overbearing theater and the proposed examination of self slips into haziness."