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  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Winter Light
  • I Am Curious (Yellow)
  • The Great Beauty

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  • Field of Dreams

    ★★★½

  • Lux Æterna

    ★★★

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★★

  • Great Expectations

    ★★★★

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  • Field of Dreams

    Field of Dreams

    ★★★½

    Fields of Dreams is an unusual film. It is a ghost film, but without fright, eeriness, or paranoia. Rather, Field of Dreams is an ode to nostalgia, providing cathartic release for Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) who never reconciled with his father before his father’s death. When Ray was a child, he would regularly play catch with his dad.

    In the present day, Ray lives with his wife and daughter on their farm in Dyersville, Iowa. One day when farming, he…

  • On Golden Pond

    On Golden Pond

    ★★★½

    On Golden Pond exists within a subgenre of family film, one occupied by intensely personal stories from directors and actors that draw from their own lives. Though based on an Ernest Thompson play of the same name, Jane Fonda bought the rights for the play so that her father and her could tell this story whilst recalling their father and daughter relationship.

    Each summer, the Thayers, Norman (Henry Fonda) and Ethel (Katherine Hepburn) Thayer, vacation at their lake cottage on…

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  • Up in the Air

    Up in the Air

    ★★★★½

    A love story without love. A fitting double feature with Anomalisa. Jason Reitman deconstructs the glamor of placelessness and commitmentless, showing that what keeps us grounded is the people and memories that we keep.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    2019 Ranked

    When I first saw the trailer for Joker, I thought the premise could offer a potentially new look at the character of the Joker. It seemed like a comic book movie with a slightly darker tone, and Joaquin Phoenix’s involvement suggested that it wouldn’t be your run-of-the-mill film. Phoenix doesn’t do those films.

    Until reading responses to the trailer, I hadn’t considered the immense controversy that 2 minutes would conjure or the immense vitriol that 2 hours and…