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  • The Farewell

    The Farewell

    ★★★★

    I want to believe that it was a good thing.

    THE FAREWELL broke my heart and proceeded to stitch it back together. Lulu Wang crafts a delicate and richly woven tale about a young girl, Billi, dealing with the news of her grandmother's stage four lung cancer, and her family's decision to conceal the diagnosis from her grandmother. The trajectory of the plot feels fated from the moment the news is announced, and as a viewer you are left to…

  • Honey Boy

    Honey Boy

    ★★★★½

    A seed has to totally destroy itself to become a flower. 

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  • The Favourite

    The Favourite

    ★★★★

    Some wounds do not close; I have many such

    Yorgos Lanthimos, director of the recent THE LOBSTER, and THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER returns to the director’s chair with a period piece, THE FAVOURITE. The film explores the power dynamics of the reign of Queen Anne (Colman), and how her close subjects (Stone, Weisz) fight for her intimate approval. Lanthimos’ unique style of filmmaking leaves its imprint on the film, including his signature cynicism. The films closing shot is…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    We are alone. No matter what they tell you, we women are always alone.

    Alfonso Cuaron makes his comeback with the breathtaking ROMA, set in Mexico City in the 1970s. Cleo, the live-in help of a seemingly picturesque family, is the focal point of the film. Cuaron specializes in showcasing the humanity of people, and in ROMA he focuses on the depth and hardships of Cleo. The uncelebrated backbone to this family, Cleo is a matriarchal figure, which thematically comes…