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  • Joe Bell

    ★★½

  • La Ciénaga

    ★★★

  • The Verdict

    ★★★★½

  • Belladonna of Sadness

    ★★★

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  • Beans

    Beans

    ★★★½

    Miami Film Festival 2021

    In one of the first scenes from Beans, our titular character drops the F-bomb for the first time in her life after a minor injury, marking a milestone in her road towards adolescence. In another scene, she sits, afraid, in a moving car that is being attacked by a group of rioters angered with her community, in a clear case of racism. These two scenes couldn’t feel more different from one another, but these examples are…

  • Quo vadis, Aida?

    Quo vadis, Aida?

    ★★★★

    Miami Film Festival 2021

    The biggest genocide in Europe since the Second World War took place amidst the Bosnian War, in a period of complete turmoil for Southeast Europe. Director Jasmila Zbanic is no stranger to the topic, having previously covered the war in Grbavica: The Land of the Dreams. But in her latest film, Quo Vadis, Aida?, she shifts her focus directly to the Srebrenica genocide — the murder of over 8000 Bosnian Muslims by Serbian military forces, and…

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  • La Ciénaga

    La Ciénaga

    ★★★

    I’m 0 for 2 with Lucrecia Martel. Yes I understand the chronic boredom of the bourgeois family. I also understand that a concrete narrative isn’t required for a movie to succeed. This is all great content, but in the wrong direction. It is not provocative to sit through (any movie relating to class arrogance always should be) and the atmospheric realism barely intrigues. Kudos for marking a new wave in the Argentine nation, but I remain unimpressed with their societal expressions.

  • The Verdict

    The Verdict

    ★★★★½

    The Verdict is the best courtroom drama since 12 Angry Men (surprise surprise, they're both directed by him.)

    Veteran director Sidney Lumet, talented writer David Mamet, and fantastic actor Paul Newman all contribute to this magnificent drama about Frank Galvin, a washed up lawyer taking on a medical malpractice case all the way to the courthouse, to despite all parties keen on settling without involving judges and juries. But Galvin is firm and confidence that he can get true justice.…

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  • Mank

    Mank

    ★★★½

    Chances are, if you’ve ever read a ‘Greatest Movies Ever’ list, Citizen Kane is on there. Directed by Orson Welles (in his first rodeo), the 1941 drama was so groundbreaking that it still has critics and cinephiles discussing it to this day. Thanks to its character’s story, its stunning cinematography and more, the film has maintained its strong legacy, which is, perhaps, just as legendary as the troubled history behind its making. Kane has undergone many controversies, primarily because of…

  • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

    ★★★½

    I was watching a movie with my father when a friend on Facebook tagged me on a post with a headline that was hard to believe: Chadwick Boseman had passed away. Even after three months, it’s difficult to come to the realization that Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is his final film performance.

    Boseman’s last movie is indeed a great watch. Ma Rainey has some strong effort in adding cinematic charm to a pretty terrific script, something that the last August Wilson adaptation,…