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  • Groundhog Day
  • Ikiru
  • Wild Strawberries
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

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  • Chef Flynn

    ★★★

  • Paprika

    ★★★½

  • Momma's Man

    ★★★½

  • Machine Gun McCain

    ★★★

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  • Ray & Liz

    Ray & Liz

    ★★★★★

    Photographer Richard Billingham recreates his chaotic, poverty infused childhood with his chain-smoking mother Liz and alcoholic father Ray. Billingham steadfastly refuses to lionize his parents nor cast them as the enemy, instead choosing only to present them as he remembers them.

    Early in his childhood, he learned to look at things from a remove, to distance himself from the painful agony of the present. This skill led him to photography, which became a way for him to observe what was…

  • The Devils

    The Devils

    ★★★★★

    Ken Russell's brutal film is difficult to watch, but foreshadows a lot of the contemporary criticism of religion as a bastion of harmful repressive sexual attitudes. Unlike many of its successors, this is not done with malice, but with care for the church. Russell converted to Catholicism in the 1950s and has a clear affinity for his adoptive religion. He explores her failings, hoping (I think) to use his films as a mirror, giving Catholicism the moral authority to lead…

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  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    In the 17th century, two Portugese Jesuit priests, Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver) travel to Japan to investigate rumors their mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) renounced his faith.

    Upon arrival, they learn Christians in the country have been largely eradicated through torture and violence. After a long and difficult search, Rodrigues finds Ferreira and confirms he committed apostasy and works with the Japanese government to eliminate Christian resistance.

    Rodrigues is given a choice: he can…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★½

    Thirty years after the events in Return of the Jedi, not much has changed. The First Order, a splinter group from the evil empire, is terrorizing the galaxy. Leia still leads the resistance. Han has returned to smuggling. C-3PO is still annoying.

    Both sides are desperately searching for Luke Skywalker, the last surviving Jedi. After one of his trainees went berserk, Luke went into a self-imposed exile.

    The Resistance has located a map to his location and send their best…