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  • Parallel Mothers

    ★★★★★

  • Never Gonna Snow Again

    ★★★½

  • The Visitor

    ★★★★

  • Listen Up Philip

    ★★★★½

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  • Parallel Mothers

    Parallel Mothers

    ★★★★★

    Cruz is stupendous, as is Almodovar's direction, which manages to be both economical and deeply expressive. The intermingling of melodrama and the pointedly political succeeds wonderfully, and the ending is a gut punch that brought me to tears. I'll be thinking about it for a long time.

    Humanist filmmaking par excellence made more powerful by the sense of anger that's tangible throughout.

    Whole cast is terrific and Rossy de Palma just fabulous.

    A film by a cinematic master to be cherished because its beauty is so fucking rare...

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★

    The performances are solid, but the film is loaded with images that are overly pretty (too many shots of clouds in the sky), which is only exacerbated by the use of bland B&W (an unfortunate tendency in contemporary cinema). Some of the writing didn't thrill me, and the story takes some borderline ridiculous (or better said, Oscar-bait obnoxious) turns as it climaxes (no spoilers). And Branagh just tends to overdo so much (the trips to the movies being a good…

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  • It's Not Just You, Murray!

    It's Not Just You, Murray!

    ★★★½

    A highly accomplished student film by Scorsese that establishes one of the director’s major themes while giving a nice glimpse into the influences that shaped him.

    Specifically, the theme is the Criminal Life, and the influences range from the French New Wave (particularly Truffaut; I was reminded of both Shoot the Piano Player and Jules and Jim), classical American cinema (the movie both spoofs and pays hommage to the gangster film, and there’s also a musical number looking forward to…

  • Wedding in White

    Wedding in White

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Most depressing wedding ever.

    Read two reviews after watching this, one for the NY Times by Vincent Canby that's misogyny turned me off terribly, the other by Roger Ebert. I liked Ebert's a lot better, mainly because he actually described what happened to Jeannie as rape, something that Canby either didn't identify as such or couldn't bring himself to utter (he uses the word seduction...eee fucking gads). But something Ebert and Canby share is a view of Jeannie as dumb;…