Tesla Of Justice: The Art World Brushes Up Against The Have-Nots In ‘The Square’

A man with Tourette’s syndrome. An ill-fated orphan who goes viral. An ape — and, unrelated, a man whose behavior is indistinguishable from that of an ape. (Seriously.) These are side characters who provide absurdist comedic moments in a scene or two of The Square, the occasionally dark, occasionally surreal new comedy from Ruben Östlund.

The Square is one of the funniest films of the year, for those who appreciate this style of humor. It’s ideal for fans of Toni Erdmann or, of course, Force Majeure, which nearly missed an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film three years ago.

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Dreadfully Distinct: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Just Might Be The Greatest Sequel Ever Made

I hate to react too quickly to any movie, because opinions settle over time. I often see a movie and have a negative reaction, only to find that it sits better over time. Sometimes, I leave a film satisfied, but gradually find reasons to like it less.

But it’s been less than an hour since I walked out of Blade Runner 2049 and I’m already comfortable calling it one of the best science fiction films of all time, and quite possibly the greatest sequel ever made.

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