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  • The Given Word
  • The Servant
  • Hamlet
  • Simon of the Desert

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  • Magnificent Warriors

    ★★★★

  • Dark Places

    ★★½

  • Absolute Beginners

    ★★★½

  • The Voyeurs

    ★★

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  • Calendar

    Calendar

    ★★★★½

    Though the role of technology in the lives of ordinary people is a theme as old as the film medium itself, the 90’s saw some of the first forays into how home video, which was an enormous leap in terms of accessibility of film itself, could influence people’s perceptions. The most famous film that featured this examination of the role of home video is probably Sex, Lies and Videotape, (technically released in 1989, but hugely influential on 90’s American independent…

  • Under the Skin

    Under the Skin

    ★★★★½

    Western society has ingrained in many of us certain gendered expectations of behavior for grief over a loved one. Men can act out a little, but are expected to be stoic and to be strong for the people around them. Women may be allowed to be more “emotional,” but they are also expected to act within certain limits of behavior. So when Iris (Samantha Morton) loses her mother before resolving many of their conflicts and dives into a spiral of…

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  • Magnificent Warriors

    Magnificent Warriors

    ★★★★

    I checked this out randomly at my video store and I was so glad I did. This was such a blast. It's thrilling action adventure that holds up even today. Kind of insane that Jackie Chan once thought Michelle Yeoh couldn't fight because she was a woman when she clearly runs circles around every man in this movie. Forget about Harrison Ford, either make a sequel to this movie or make current Michelle Yeoh Indiana Jones.

  • Dark Places

    Dark Places

    ★★½

    A title is not an instruction on how to shoot this film. Seriously, I couldn't see most of this movie because of the dim or even non-existent lighting. It very much suffers in comparison to Gone Girl, which had only come out a year before, It makes sense that Charlize Theron produced this movie since it feels very much like a project that she would gravitate towards, even though it looks like it was rushed in order to capitalize on…

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  • Freedom Writers

    Freedom Writers

    I saw this movie way before my experience with social justice teaching. It's pandering in a way that is supposed to make privileged audiences feel good about themselves. Instead of addressing the systemic flaws that created the harsh world these students live in, it falls into the trap of white woman savior saving the poor illiterate kids of color, which is condescending at best, straight up racist at its worst. I don't think Hollywood will ever get a movie about teachers right if this kind of crap passes as verisimilitude.

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★★

    I kind of forgot I was watching a Marvel movie and that was so welcome. It's an incredible, beautiful vision of Black empowerment and influence, but it's also complex and influenced by current knowledge and issues. It also manages not to be didactic and gives us some of the best staged action scenes in any Marvel movie. A big studio like Disney should not be afraid to let artists have their voices heard, and this is proof.

    Edit: Just heard…