Do we respect these Truffle Hunters? Or are we laughing at them?

This documentary glimpse of a disappearing world — where fortune hunters and their dogs explore and dig for pungent, savory gold — is worth a look, but it also feels like a missed opportunity for poetry and transcendence.


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Watching Together Together with Woody Allen on my mind

Behold — the invention of the "non-rom-com": a genre for stories about loving-but-platonic relationships between men and women!


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Lee Isaac Chung Week, Day Five: a review of Abigail Harm

Lee Isaac Chung's strangest film isn't easy to watch. Nor is it easy to forget. But it is well worth seeking out for its cautionary tale of a compromising love affair, mystical visitors from "up there," and the dangers of self-isolation.


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Do the Wrong Thing: a portrait of betrayal in Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

Compelling, occasionally impressive in its cinematographic finesse, occasionally obvious in its allusions, often too familiar in its form, eventually painful in its truth-telling, this flashy new film is, ultimately, a necessary testimony.


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Oscar-bait extravagance: Mank is a mess

In David Fincher's much-anticipated epic about the origins of Citizen Kane, its political context, and its troubled screenwriter, so much artistry is spent on ambitious and extravagant scenes. But there's no magic happening here.


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