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Welcome to another installment of our monthly feature in which a rotating cast of film critics hold forth on the highs and lows of month of moviegoing. The Wailing With some reflection, I've come to more fully appreciate the jagged shape and structure of Korean director Na Hong-jin's tragicomic horror movie. It shifts wildly in tone over the course of its two-and-half-hours, very much tailored to a lead character, a rural village policeman played...
Cosmos Directed by Andrzej Žuławski Opens June 17 at the Metrograph The title promises the universe. And even though the final film by the late Andrzej Žuławski restricts itself to our terrestrial sphere, it at the very least feels, like so much of the inimitable Polish director's work, as if it was beamed in from another galaxy. Stateside, Žuławski is probably best known for putting Isabelle Adjani through some self-induced-aborting/Carlo-Rambaldi-creature-fucking escapades in 1981's batshit adultery drama Possession. That...
De Palma Directed by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow Opens June 10 at the Angelika One can only hope Brian De Palma appreciates the black-comic irony that a movie about his life and work begins with a clip from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. Salt meet wound. His Film Brat peers (Spielberg, Scorsese, Coppola, et al) pretty much escaped the long shadows of their influences. But De Palma and his predominantly thriller-based oeuvre are forever indebted to the Master...
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The Wailing

The Wailing Directed by Na Hong-jin Opens June 3 The devil is in the details, but the tragedy of Korean director Na Hong-jin's The Wailing is that no one can identify the lord of the underworld until it's too late. Damnation follows its own timetable. And so does this atmospheric-to-a-fault horror feature, which runs a shade over two-and-a-half hours—justifiably so, for the most part. The setting is a rural Korean village, though the production filmed in numerous locations...

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