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Sunset

Sunset is a sophomore feature from Oscar-winning Hungarian director László Nemes (Son of Saul).  Unfortunately, I haven’t seen Son of Saul, so I can’t compare notes nor can I comment on how the filmmaker has grown.  However, I was reminded of another recent period film while I was watching Sunset – Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite.

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Giant Little Ones

Giant Little Ones is a very sweet movie about confronting and dealing with homophobia as a teenager.  If that reads like I’m patronizing the film, I don’t mean to be.  This is an important coming-of-age story with a unique voice, and filmmaker Keith Behrman should be proud of his accomplished indie.  It’s a hopeful movie that will hit home with audiences.

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Woman at War

Benedikt Erlingsson must be a gambling man.  With his new film Woman at War, he pushes the limit on imagination;  crossing the narrative with elements of a thriller and a deadpan comedy.  But like a gambler with no self-control, Erlingsson overestimates his luck;  spinning the film’s results into a somewhat smug affair.

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Ruben Brandt, Collector

Art has been known to be so vivid and realistic that it can leap off the page, the canvas, et cetera.  That saying becomes quite literal for psychotherapist Ruben Brandt, who is experiencing surrealists nightmares of famous paintings torturing him.  In order to confront and conquer his fears, Brandt makes a bold choice to steal and obtain each work of art that haunts him, therefore being in full control of whatever is “out” to get…

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Never Look Away

From Academy Award winning filmmaker Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others, The Tourist), Never Look Away chronicles an aspiring artist who grew up during World War II as he learns how to come to terms with his heartbreak and trauma.

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The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built has a lot to unpack, so thank goodness it’s two-and-a-half hours.  Movie goers can compain about long runtimes but if this movie gave us anything shorter, the film would feel cut off at the knees – a fitting analogy for a viscerally grotesque feature.

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Border

A modern day fantasy has been in order, and Border could be the answer – for now.  Co-writer/director Ali Abbasi provides audiences with a cogent story that doubles as an allegory on minorities and treats its fantastical characters humanely.  It’s what Bright aspired to be.