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  • The Pianist

    The Pianist

    ★★★★½

    The Pianist is a wonderful film. Director Roman Polanski, who is himself a Holocaust survivor, crafts a deeply personal, extremely effective film. His depiction of this stain in human history is justifiably dark and hopeless. The cinematography is gorgeous, and the script cuts deep.  Adrien Brody is incredible in the leading role. He perfectly captures the desperation and misery suffered by his character. This is an unrelenting film, and to call it a “hard watch” would be an understatement, but it is essential filmmaking, and a story that needs to be told. 

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  • Dirty Dancing

    Dirty Dancing

    ★★★½

    Dirty Dancing has some problems. Mainly, it resorts to a by-the-book storyline that we’ve all seen before. Two young adults. Separate backgrounds. Disapproving parents. It’s all here. But I can respect and even enjoy this film for its ability to take that tired concept and execute it pretty much flawlessly. Jennifer Grey is wonderful as Baby, Patrick Swayze is electric as Johnny, and Jerry Orbach gives an understated, but powerful performance as Baby’s father. The scene with Grey and Orbach…

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  • War for the Planet of the Apes

    War for the Planet of the Apes

    ★★★★★

    I just spent seven-and-a-half hours watching three films in a theatre. The first two films were already proven greats to me. Rise was a great film, and Dawn happened to be my sixth favorite film of all time, so to say I had high expectations would be the understatement of the century. Walking out of the film, I was absolutely floored. This film is a masterpiece. This is as good as cinema gets. First of all, the camerawork was masterful,…

  • Pan's Labyrinth

    Pan's Labyrinth

    ★★★★★

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    Scavenger Hunt 24 - March 2017
    Film #1: Pan's Labyrinth
    Task #1: A movie that Roger Ebert loved, but yet you still haven't seen it
    This film surprised me in the best way possible. Going in, I expected Pan's Labyrinth to be a fun-loving, adventurous tale of a girl lost in a world of wonder. What I got was a dark war-drama about escapism and the far reaches of imagination. I adored…