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  • Forrest Gump
  • Amélie
  • Alias Grace
  • Do the Right Thing

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  • Something's Gotta Give

    ★★★½

  • CODA

    ★★★★

  • Yesterday

    ★★★½

  • Amélie

    ★★★★★

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  • Aloha

    Aloha

    ★★★

    I thought that this was a fairly shallow love story about a military contractor who reconnects with an old love (Rachel McAdams) while falling for the Air Force watchdog assigned to him (Emma Stone), although I wouldn't give it as poor a rating as many have done. It has its funny moments, but there is too much going on for it all to hold together well. It tells the story of a man focused on his work who struggles to maintain lasting relationships. The film also explores aspets of Hawaiian culture while wrestling with imperialism and its effects upon local culture.

  • CODA

    CODA

    ★★★★

    This is a humane and empathetic film about a female teenager, a child of deaf adults, whose challenge is to find her own personality. There are some powerful moments, such as when the viewer experiences parts of a concert from the perspective of her deaf family.

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  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    Vicky Cristina Barcelona

    ★★★★

    While there are things to criticise about this film, I very much enjoyed its depiction of love triangles (to say the least), the complexity of relationships, and the uncertainties about love and commitment faced by the two young American women on holiday in Barcelona.

    Among other things, Woody Allen has been criticised for making use of a narrator, but that was clearly a key move - and quite an effective one at that - in giving the film a mock (?) documentary tone.

  • News of the World

    News of the World

    ★★★★½

    This Western offers some insight into the trauma of a country wrestling with racial tensions. The narrative sees Tom Hanks, alias Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd, rescue a little girl who had become separated from her German family and raised by a group of Kiowa. Now effectively twice orphaned, the girl and Kidd find themselves on a journey across the treacherous plains of 19th-century Texas, a journey that creates a strong bond between the two. It’s a film of austere beauty that addresses issues such as racism, violence, trauma, belonging ....