Clouds of Sils Maria

Enigmatic, tender, subtext-laden, and played with conviction, Clouds of Sils Maria is a heady psychosexual drama steeped in dense anxieties; a multilayered rapture on the subject of woman, performing; and a poetic meditation on acting, aging, and acceptance. A bonbon spiked with malice and wit, it’s a great midlife crisis film.

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The Salt of the Earth

Stunning, moving, and, in the aggregate, almost overwhelming, The Salt of the Earth is an odyssey of a tragic observer; an intimate reverie on family and aesthetics; and a monumental tribute to a peerless talent that feels both grand and modest in scale. It’s a voyage into the surreal that stays in the mind and heart for many weeks.

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White God

Brave, tantalizing, deliriously unclassifiable, and hackle-raising in its intensity, White God is a poignant Hungarian revenge fantasy, a rousing creature-feature suspense story, and a feat of practical filmmaking. Dickensian and dystopian, it’s a triumphantly idiosyncratic, technically accomplished live-action fable in a dog-eat-dog world, a social conscience movie with real cinematic bite.

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It Follows

Determinedly awkward, dizzyingly tense, and scalp-prickingly scary, It Follows is a gender-blind demonic delivery vehicle; a spine-tingling variation on the teen horror formula; and a hair-raising, spectacularly unnerving film that will haunt your waking hours for weeks. Every minute is stamped with nameless dread.

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Wild Tales

Loose-limbed, rowdy, outrageous, and unsettling, Wild Tales is a mad, madly hysterical banquet of bad behaviour; a rude, scabrous, and welcome shot of mischief; and a feral, cathartic exorcism of the frustrations of contemporary life. Spring-loaded with ironic twist endings, it’s enormous fun.

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The Duke of Burgundy

Sumptuously claustrophobic, visually ravishing, emotionally wise, wryly subversive, and peculiarly haunting, The Duke of Burgundy is a deeply eccentric filigree of a film; a louche, auteurist hothouse contemporary gothic; and a daring, atmosphere-soaked piece of hypnotherapy. It’s a perversely sincere (and sincerely perverse) labour of love.

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What We Do in the Shadows

Conceptually clever, consistently inventive, endearingly dorky, and exceedingly good-natured, What We Do in the Shadows is an affectionate, genial send-up of the vampire mythos; a respectful, delirious, surprisingly delicate farce; and a sly satire on millennial slackerdom. Darkly, edgily, riotously, murderously funny, it’s a fiendish, full-blooded delight.

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