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Reviews for Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘Dekalog’

the-dekalog-poster-1-small“Dekalog certainly lives up to its reputation as a mind-altering masterpiece. You marvel at the precision of its filmmaking even as it spreads an atmosphere of moral unease.” – Bilge Ebiri, Village Voice

“The profound pleasures they offer derive not only from their deft metaphysical playfulness but also from their storytelling genius.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times

“The Decalogue finds Kieslowski and co-scenarist Krzysztof Piesiewicz turning a delicate cycle of intimate, funny, heartbreaking, and compassionate works into a symphony of human fallibility.” – Scott Tobias, A.V. Club

“Kieslowski’s beautiful, sad and clear-eyed The Decalogue — an overwhelming psychological and spiritual epic for our times — faces the darkness, sends out a song against the storm.” – Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
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Reviews for ‘Evolution’

evolution-poster-1-small“★★★★! Hadžihalilovic’s strong second feature is set in a closed-off world of medical horrors and unspoken social and sexual secrets: maybe the distant future, maybe another planet, maybe a dream, maybe just a metaphor, but one with its own logic that’s always one step ahead… Its post-human aspects are reminiscent of Under the Skin, its slowly teased mysteries recall Upstream Color, and its bold surprises are pure mindscrambling sci-fi.” – Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian

NYT Critics Pick NYT Critics’ Pick “It’s an impeccable, creepy and genuinely transporting movie.” – Glenny Kenny, New York Times

“To watch Hadzihalilovic’s films is to be reminded that life itself is a deeply perplexing mystery-that we’re all born into rigidly stratified societies, laden with inexplicable rules and run by people whose minds we can’t access.” – Mike D’Angelo, A.V. Club

“It’ll stick with you, and Hadihalilovic is in total command of her evolution.” – Kevin Harley, Total Film

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Reviews for ‘Ixcanul’

ixcanul-poster-1“Bustamante’s film is downright Herzogian… in its surfeit of physical detail, observed ritual and looming clash of civilizations.” – Variety

“More than a fable about the clash of tradition and modernity, IXCANUL is finally a painful illustration of the ease with which those who have can prey on those who don’t.” – The New York Times

“A mesmerizing, understated tragedy.” – Alissa Wilkinson, RogerEbert.com
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Reviews for ‘Kate Plays Christine’

kate-plays-christine-poster-1★★★★ “A fascinating pursuit of understanding the unknowable” – The Guardian

“Remarkable and captivating” – The Playlist, Indiewire

“A tour de force in the blending and bending of genres.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

★★★★★ “Non-fiction filmmaking by way of psychological thriller” – The Skinny

“Pushing the boundaries of non-fiction” – Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“Teasing, testing and vexingly brilliant” – Guy Lodge, Variety
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Reviews for ‘On the Silver Globe’

On the Silver Globe“It becomes a bleak comic spit into the face of organized religion, organized society, and even organized narrative.” – Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine

“One of the greatest science and moral fiction movies ever made.” – Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.com

“Space travel and pagan rituals converge with the ruins of modern warfare and the dawn of civilization in Zulawski’s ecstatic, image-drunk science-fiction fantasy.” – Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“To say that ‘On the Silver Globe’ is unlike anything else being released this summer is a drastic understatement.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times

On the Silver Globe is an extraordinary film.” – Jonathan Romney, Film Comment
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Film Notes for ‘On the Silver Globe’

Reviews for ‘Theo Who Lived’

theowholived_poster_1690x2500NYT Critics Pick NYT Critics’ Pick “Imaginative and affecting… very moving… a potent, vital film.” – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times

“Padnos also recounts flashes of humanity on the part of his captors and expresses understanding for their frustration with the troubles in the region that have simmered and boiled over for decades if not centuries. We are only privy to these complexities, which should inform policy at the highest levels, because of what Theo dared and endured.” – Daphne Howland, The Village Voice

“‘Theo Who Lived’ Is A Riveting Tale Of Resilience ” – The Playlist
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Reviews for ‘Blood Simple’

blood-simple-poster-620x902“From first shot to last, the Coens seldom miss an opportunity to suggest that theirs is a movie made by evolutionarily advanced life-forms touring a primitive planet.” – J. Hoberman, Village Voice

“It tells a story in which every individual detail seems to make sense, and every individual choice seems logical, but the choices and details form a bewildering labyrinth in which there are times when even the murderers themselves don’t know who they are.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“‘Blood Simple’ becomes a dazzling comedie noire, a dynamic, virtuoso display by a couple of talented fledgling filmmakers who give the conventions of the genre such a thorough workout that the result is a movie that’s fresh and exhilarating.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times  More »

Film Notes for ‘Minority Report’

Film Notes for ‘The Maltese Falcon’

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