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  • Raging Fire

    ★½

  • Sabaya

    ★★★

  • The Trip

    ★★★

  • Belladonna of Sadness

    ★★★★★

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  • Sunset

    Sunset

    ★★★★

    “The horror of the world hides behind these infinitely pretty things”

    When am I going to learn to stop judging films by the poster? When your feature debut is a monumental work of art like Son of Saul, as is the case with László Nemes, I’m going to watch your sophomore effort no matter what it is. Between Sunset’s poster, a woman in early 20th century garb, and it’s horribly vague and inaccurate imdb tagline (“a young girl grows up…

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  • Raging Fire

    Raging Fire

    “Let’s be buddies again in our next lives”

    It’s wild that a film with a name like Raging Fire could be so thoroughly lukewarm. I’ll get this out of the way, there is one good thing about this film, and that’s Nicholas Tse as the villain. I wouldn’t mind seeing him in more roles. Everything else about the film is dreadful.

    This is meant to be a police investigation action film, but most the action is inconsequential and this has…

  • Sabaya

    Sabaya

    ★★★

    Five years ago, ISIS attacked the Yazidis, a Kurdish ethnic minority, in northern Iraq, kidnapping thousands of Yazidi women and girls, forcibly converting them to Islam, and then holding them captive as sex slaves. ISIS refers to these slaves as Sabayas. This documentary tells the story of the men and women who work to rescue the Sabayas who are held captive within the Al Hol refugee camp in Syria, a camp that is filled with thousands of ISIS supporters. Unfortunately,…

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  • Top Secret!

    Top Secret!

    ★★★★½

    “Listen to me, Hillary. I'm not the first guy who fell in love with a woman that he met at a restaurant who turned out to be the daughter of a kidnapped scientist, only to lose her to her childhood lover who she last saw on a deserted island, who then turned out fifteen years later to be the leader of the French underground”
    “I know. It all sounds like some bad movie.”

    Top Secret! is absolutely hilarious, more so…

  • Moonrise Kingdom

    Moonrise Kingdom

    ★★★★★

    "I love you, but you don't know what you're talking about"

    Bergman's The Virgin Spring is the next movie on my watch list, but after a long day and still reeling from Cries and Whispers I certainly did not have the energy to attempt that one. Wes Anderson is my all time favorite filmmaker, and Moonrise Kingdom is in his top three movies for me, but I didn't realize how perfect this movie is until tonight. Perfection through and through,…