El Sur: a father–daughter dance for the ages

In which I catch up with a 1983 masterpiece — a father-daughter dance for the ages.


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Strange Negotiations (2019)

Brandon Vedder's portrait of David Bazan follows the rock star through harrowing experiences of fear, doubt, betrayal, and self-discovery.


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Knife in the Water (1962)

Another in my "Less than 500 words" reviews: I finally caught up with Roman Polanski's breakout thriller.


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A Hidden Life (2019)

A Hidden Life is a movie that I wish every moviegoer in the world would experience on the big screen while they have the chance. But I'm also holding back from what feels to me like excessive praise.


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1917: a forgettable war story cleverly staged

Even if we grant 1917 the distinction of being the first war film to play from beginning to end as one unbroken scene, I think we must also conclude that it's less than the sum of its part.


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Favorite Films of 2019: The Top Twenty-One

At this point, here are my top 21 films of 2019.


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Star Wars, Episode Nine: The Compromise and Demise of Skywalker (2019)

Here's a review of J.J. Abrams' The Rise of Skywalker that follows the example of the movie.


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Marin Ireland and Jim Gaffigan star in 2019’s best ghost story

Paul Harrill, director of Something, Anything, returns with another venture into the borderlands between body and spirit, head and heart. But this time, it might not be God that a young woman is discovering. It might be a ghost.


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A Surprisingly Beautiful Day in a Cynical Neighborhood

Another Mr. Roger movie. Another essential vision — for here, for now, for American children and American adults.


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