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  • Kill Bill: Vol. 2
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  • Network
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  • For The Love of Rutland

    ★★★½

  • The Orphanage

    ★★★★

  • Cinema Pameer

    ★★★

  • My King

    ★★★½

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  • For The Love of Rutland

    For The Love of Rutland

    ★★★½

    Stymied by its lack of access to key players, For the Love of Rutland provides a compelling but incomplete picture of a small New England community. Director Jennifer Maytorena Taylor drops her camera in Rutland, a Vermont town plagued by all the deindustrialization and drug problems that afflict so many towns like it. Filming took place before and after Trump’s election, and while it’s conceivable that Taylor was drawn to Rutland to see how Rutland adapted to a small influx…

  • The Orphanage

    The Orphanage

    ★★★★

    A film living into Bong Joon-ho’s admonition about stepping over the one-inch barrier of subtitles, The Orphanage is a stirring work from an underserved part of the cinematic world. Films set in Afghanistan are usually from Rambo’s point of view, or a Rambo equivalent, but Shahrbanoo Sadat’s film centers Afghani citizens in a film that cares about their lives on the ground as opposed to from 30,000 feet on a bombing run. An Afghani filmmaker, Sadat’s making of The Orphanage…

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  • The Comedy

    The Comedy

    ★★★★

    The idle, hipster, New York rich have never been as ripe for the guillotine as they are in Rick Alverson’s The Comedy, a title that implies the arc of the film far more than its uncomfortable contents. Experimental comedy pioneer Tim Heidecker stars as the fittingly-named Swanson, a trust-fund kid who’s reached middle age by being as ironic and insincere as possible with his like-minded friends. Alverson opens his film with these pasty, shiftless layabouts jumping around in shirtless mayhem,…

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★★★

    Television's had a lot to say about masculinity so far in this century, from Tony Soprano to Walter White. These great TV protagonist, and others like them, were many things, but near the top of the list, they were deconstructions of the myth of the American male, the strong and silent type that Tony often extolled. No matter what misdeeds these guys committed, they repeatedly fell back on the 'doing it for my family' excuse. In Ruben Ostlund's excellent film…