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  • Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc

    Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc

    ★★★

    I wanted to like this more than I did. I mean, what could go wrong with a prog-rock/heavy metal musical based on the life of pre-Orleans Joan of Arc? More than a few things, actually. The acting was stiff, and the voices were occasionally off-key. But what killed it for me was the choreography, both amateurish and poorly executed, about what you'd expect from a high school production of Hair. The best performance(s) were by twin sisters playing a single role...simultaneously. Now that's innovative! The settings and cinematography were splendid, making it a wonderful film to look at, but not enough for me to recommend.

  • The Conformist

    The Conformist

    ★★★★

    As much as I love this film, it gets irksome to only hear others talk about its visual beauty, and hardly ever about it being a deeply engaging character study and cautionary tale. Jean-Louis Trintignant’s cold austere performance is frighteningly brilliant. Yes, it’s a cinematic treat for the eye, but what the film tells us about the depths of the human psyche is thought-provoking and just as frightening.

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  • Singin' in the Rain

    Singin' in the Rain

    ★★★★★

    How many movies can you watch with a great fat silly grin on your face throughout?

  • Boyhood

    Boyhood

    ★★★★★

    Every once in a while, actually quite rarely, a new film comes along that reminds me just how powerful the art of cinema can be. Yes, movies can be entertaining, or they can distract you from your worries for a couple of hours. Or films can be a window to a world you don't know or a mirror to one that you're all too familiar with. They can speak to universal truths and connect you emotionally to the lives of…