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A Brutal World Largely Unchallenged

A Brutal World Largely Unchallenged

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Scottish director Lynne Ramsay’s “You Were Never Really Here” goes out of its way to (1) show the audience how grimdark it is and (2) suggest that Joe (Joaquin Phoenix), its hitman protagonist is an unreliable narrator (Joe is undoubtedly not his real name) whose brain nonetheless dictates the film’s POV. The […]

Every Bit of Love

Every Bit of Love

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Of the films made about the dangers of the Internet, the best is Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s 2001 “Pulse.” It’s also the most elliptical and enigmatic — the hardest to boil down into a cautionary tale for parents. Spike Jonze’s “Her” takes a seemingly ludicrous premise — a man (Joaquin Phoenix) falls in love […]