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Review - Meg 2: The Trench

[The following review contains MINOR SPOILERS; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!] The opening teaser of Meg 2: The Trench is a delightfully creative...

Review: The Housemaid (1960)

The Criterion Channel’s synopsis describes The Housemaid as a “venomous melodrama,” and it certainly earns that label; director Kim...

Review: Samurai Wolf

In Samurai Wolf, director Hideo Gosha shaves his already minimalistic chanbara formula all the way down to the bone. Although...

Review: Single8

I went into Single8 hoping that it would recapture the magic of It’s a Summer Film!—which remains one of the best movies I’ve ever seen...

Review: The First Slam Dunk

This one was kind of a cheat. The Japan Cuts screening of The First Slam Dunk sold out almost immediately after tickets became available...

Review: I Am What I Am

I Am What I Am is the exact sort of pleasant surprise that defines Japan Cuts for me. The synopsis on the festival website led me to...

Review: Barbie

[The following review contains SPOILERS; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!] Greta Gerwig’s Barbie opens with an extended montage depicting an average...

Review: Oppenheimer

[The following review contains MINOR SPOILERS; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!] How should a director approach depicting the concept of “genius?”...

Review: Past Lives

[The following review contains MAJOR SPOILERS; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!] When childhood sweethearts Na Young and Hae Sung first part ways at...

Review: The Last of Sheila

[The following review contains MAJOR SPOILERS; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!] A great mystery requires a certain degree of misdirection. The Last...

Hadestown: Mythology Remixed

[The following essay contains MAJOR SPOILERS; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!] Hadestown is a brilliant reinterpretation of the Greek myth of...

Review: The Dead Zone

[The following review contains MINOR SPOILERS; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!] Does a film truly need to slavishly adhere to a traditional...

Review: Asteroid City

[The following review contains MAJOR SPOILERS; YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!] Asteroid City isn’t just the quintessential Wes Anderson film; it’s...

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