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    FIRST LOVE 初恋 (Hatsukoi) (Takeshi Miike 2019). Crazy violent funny Miike crime/coming of age mashup with Leo (Masataka Kubota), a mop-haired, eager...
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    MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN ( Alexandre O. Philippe 2019). Not an unusual documentary but good for exploring the synergy between Dan O'Bannon, writer;...
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    Big final day for Filmleaf coverage: PARASITE...

    Big final day for Filmleaf coverage:

    PARASITE (Bong Joon-ho 2019)

    Heralded as a masterpiece and Bong's best work, this is a high-and-low thriller with social overtones. A destitute, morally...
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    ATLANTICS/ATLANTIQUE (Mati Diop 2019)...

    ATLANTICS/ATLANTIQUE (Mati Diop 2019)

    37-year-old Senegalese-French filmmaker Mati Diop was the first African woman to have a film in Competition at Cannes in its 72-year-history, and she won the...
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    A preview of MARRIAGE STORY for Bay Area...

    A preview of MARRIAGE STORY for Bay Area residents

    (SF FILM SOCIETY PRESS RELEASE)

    Revisiting some of the themes that made his Oscar-nominated TIFF 2005 selection The Squid and the Whale so...
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    MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (Edward Norton 2019)

    EDWARD NORTON: MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN (2019)

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    GUGU MBATHA-RAW AND EDWARD NORTON IN MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN

    Edward Norton's passion project complicates the...
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    PARASITE (Bong Joon-ho 2019)

    BONG JOON-HO: PARASITE 기생충 (Gisaengchung) (2019)

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    LEE SON-KYUN AND JO YEO-JEONG IN PARASITE

    Crime thriller as social commentary? Maybe not.
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    SATURDAY FICTION 兰心大剧院 (LOU YE 2019)...

    SATURDAY FICTION 兰心大剧院 (LOU YE 2019)

    An elegant, complex, but rather disappointing exercise in gray stylishness set in the 'French Concession' of Shanghai in the week before the bombing of Pearl...
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    THE WHISTLERS (Corneliu Polumboiu 2019)...

    THE WHISTLERS (Corneliu Polumboiu 2019)

    The Romanian conceptionalist turns to crime genre with corrupt cops, an opera fanatic innkeeper, and a Canary Island whistle language. He forgets to...
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    MARTIN EDEN (Pietro Marcello 2019)...

    MARTIN EDEN (Pietro Marcello 2019)

    The filmmaker has specialized in woozy free flowing semi-documentaries, but here he takes the Jack London novel and sticks close to its themes while translating...
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    BEANPOLE (Kantemir Balakov 2019)...

    BEANPOLE (Kantemir Balakov 2019)

    Riffing off a book about women with PTSD in post-WWII Russia, wunderkind Balakov (this is his 2nd prizewinning Cannes film and he's only 27) delivers an intense...
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    TRAITOR/IL TRADITORE (Marco Bellocchio 2019)...

    TRAITOR/IL TRADITORE (Marco Bellocchio 2019)

    The last 20 years in the life of Mafia capo Tommaso Bruscetta (Pierfrancesco Favino) when he turned state's witness against the organization, or as the...
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    LOWTIDE (Kevin McMullin 2019). In a first film channeling Stephen King, a group of local boys in a Jersey shore town are in constant trouble for...
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    ATLANTICS/ATLANTIQUE (Mati Diop 2019)

    MATI DIOP: ATLANTICS/ATLANTIQUE (2019)

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    MAME BINETA SANE, WHO PLAYS ADA IN ATLANTICS

    Economic desperation, drowned African refugees, a love story...
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    SATURDAY FICTION 兰心大剧院 (Lou Ye 2019)

    LOU YE: SATURDAY FICTION 兰心大剧院 (2019)

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    GONG LI IN ISATURDAY FICTION

    Exploded atmosphere

    Lou Ye's elaborate new black-and-white spy film, a...
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    MARTIN EDEN (Pietro Marcello 2019)

    PIETRO MARCELLO: MARTIN EDEN (2019)

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    LUCA MARINELLI (CENTER) IN MARTIN EDEN

    Jack London translated into Italian

    This is director Pietro Marcello's...
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    THE WHISTLERS/GOMERA (Corneliu Porumboiu 2019)

    CORNELIU PORUMBOIU: THE WHISTLERS/GOMERA (2019)

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    STILL FROM THE WHISTLERS

    The trappings of a crime caper don't make for much entertainment

    Corneliu...
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    BEANPOLE (Kantemir Balagov 2019)

    KANTEMIR BALAGOV: BEANPOLE/Дылда (2019

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    VIKTORIA MIRONSHNICHENKO IN BEANPOLE

    Vibrant grimness

    Kantemir Balagov is only 27 years old and this is...
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    THE TRAITOR/IL TRADITORE (Marco Bellocchio 2019)

    MARCO BELLOCCHIO: THE TRAITOR/IL TRADITORE (2019

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    PIERFRANCESCO FAVINO AS TOMMASO BUSCETTA IN THE TRAITOR

    For the Italians, a national epic; for us, a...
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    JOKER (Todd Phillips 2019). This one more Joker origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix in a great performance or a display of extreme overacting,...
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    SIBYL (Justine Triet 2019)...

    SIBYL (Justine Triet 2019)

    A former successful writer turned psychiatrist returns to writing, cannibalizing confidential patient's sessions for her fiction, with success, but the complications...
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    SIBYL (Justine Triet 2019)

    JUSTINE TRIET: SIBYL (2019)

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    VIRGINIE EFIRA IN SIBYL

    An embarrassment of riches

    Sibyl is a disappointment after Victoria, Triet's highly amusing...
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    MARRIAGE STORY (Noah Baumach 2019)...

    MARRIAGE STORY (Noah Baumach 2019)

    Performances by Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson that are virtuoso yet engaging and real. Here Baumbach takes up the subject of divorce from the point of view...
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    MARRIAGE STORY (Noah Baumbach 2019)

    NOAH BAUMBACH: MARRIAGE STORY (2019)

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    SCARLET JOHANNSON AND ADAM DRIVER IN MARRIAGE STORY

    A dramedy for all seasons

    This is not just a shift from...
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    FIRST COW (Kelly Reichardt 2019)...

    FIRST COW (Kelly Reichardt 2019)

    Set in 1820 on the Oregon frontier, this is a dreamy, cramped, primitive, sad scene of hostile people scrambling... slowly... to survive. It focuses on a cook and...
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