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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. Kaili Blues This impressive debut feature by Bi Gan, who was all of 26 when he made it, contains the undisputed Shot of the Month, a 40-minute take that comprises most of the film’s latter half. The marathon sequence, a sort of lucid bobbing and weaving that...
The Nice Guys Directed by Shane Black Opens May 20 Birds are suffocating under blankets of smog and bees are acting killer. Big Auto and the United States government could care less. Hippies protest with gas masks and make subversive art films, but what’s the point? The social and ecological anxieties that dominate Shane Black’s pessimistically jovial neo-noir The Nice Guys come in many forms, but each is woven into the narrative fabric with ease. Often, they...