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  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • A Hidden Life
  • The Rider

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  • Undergods

    ★★★

  • House of Gucci

    ★★★½

  • The Beta Test

    ★★★★

  • Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

    ★★★★

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  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★★

    For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light... everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light."
    - Ephesians 5:8-14

    What is the meaning of the darkness?
    At the core of this question in A Hidden Life, Terrence Malick’s latest film, is that familiar visual sense that has come to define his style. Here he weaves darkness and light as both literal cinematic functions and metaphorical…

  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★★½

    An unconventional film that uses the raw performances of its non-actors to underscore a potent spiritual core. The Rider is not afraid to dig into the human experience without the glamour and the polish, and what surfaces are some deeply rooted questions about what makes life worth living.

    There are a few ways in which The Rider could compare to another recently released and well received indie film with untested performances and an unconventional narrative style- Eighth Grade. I bring…

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  • House of Gucci

    House of Gucci

    ★★★½

    I came into House of Gucci knowing next to nothing about the story of the family and the family business. So much so that even the ending caught me completely by surprise. I am not honestly not sure how my experience might have differeed with a bit of familiarity, as so much of Scott's script is dependent on essential facts of the story rather than a heavy interpretive exercise (such as The Last Duel).

    I had heard about the controversy…

  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★½

    As I was watching this my mind kept wandering back to my complicated relationship with Roma. Not because these are similar films, but because the same obstacle seemed to be presenting itself yet again in an Oscar hopeful- extreme emotional distance attempting to be painted over with an admittedly lovely and prestigious looking gloss. The thing looks pretty, no doubt about it, but it is also dire as all get out and a bonafide mood piece that, while desperately seeming…

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  • A Boy Called Christmas

    A Boy Called Christmas

    ★★★

    I love Sally Hawkins
    I love Christmas
    I enjoy Christmas adventures and magic and fun.

    Thus I enjoyed this film. It's a decent time with some quriky characters, a mix of practical set design and low grade CGI that befits its level of campiness. It also has a nice balance of lighter fare and darker material, reminding me of films from the 70's and 80's with its worldbuilding. It has a definite old fashioned charm that manages to supersede the modern.

    A welcome addition to the crowded field that is holiday fare.

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    This film is everything that we need right now during these tough times.

    Or maybe its everything I need. It finds a way to break through the clutter of these pent up feelings and emotions and offers a simple message of hope amidst all the potential for anxiety and depression and exhaustion.

    Just don't mistake that simplicity for a lack of depth. This is a film about complex emotions. Topics like purpose and meaning are not necessarily the kind of…