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  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    "Dear George, remember no man is a failure who has friends."

    Every December, It's a Wonderful Life returns to homes and theaters worldwide, as people seek to revisit this enduring holiday classic, or experience its magic for the first time. Undoubtedly the greatest Christmas movie of all time, it is a bit of a disservice to attach the "holiday film" label to Capra's masterpiece at all; this is an exceptional film at any time of year. Nevertheless, there is something…

  • Millennium Actress

    Millennium Actress

    ★★★★★

    Cinema. I love its history and all its depth and breadth. I am driven by a desire to see everything, despite an understanding that there will always be something more to see. I relish the idea that every first-time watch carries with it the potential to be a new all-time favorite, and I seek out different kinds of films, knowing that each new style/director/era I explore opens gateways to new experiences and cinematic paths. I’ve seen thousands of films and…

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  • Burrow

    Burrow

    ★★★½

    If my 4-year-old were an Oscar voter, this one would win the whole thing. Easily the most-requested bedtime short since its release back in December, Burrow still holds up. Cute in all the right ways, I’m bumping this half a star.

  • Devdas

    Devdas

    ★★★½

    Sanjay Leela Bhansali turns up the opulence and spectacle to 11 here, and SRK, Aishwarya Rai, and Madhuri Dixit certainly add the beauty and star power, but this much-celebrated take on the Devdas story does little to elevate itself over Bimal Roy’s 1950s classic version. Choosing a different opening for the story had me excited for possible new directions Bhansali might take this story, and the technical skill, production design, costuming, et al are all second to none. Still, my Bhansali problem continues, and the whole affair feels a bit inert and empty.

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  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage

    ★★★★★

    Ingmar Bergman's epic mini-series, Scenes from a Marriage, is a brilliant, intimate observational study of a couple's marriage. At the start of the film, Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) have been agreeably (if not always happily) married for ten years. Bergman's film meets a couple that seems to have it all together, peels back the façade, and shows us the tension right under the surface.

    Ullmann and Josephson provide powerhouse performances, and their chemistry here is probably the…

  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    Where Is My Friend's House?

    ★★★★½

    One time, back in third grade, the first girl that I ever had a crush on got sick. I knew that she lived nearby, because we rode the same bus, got off at the same stop, and then went our separate ways from there. Her house couldn't have been more than a few blocks away from my own. After she'd missed a few days, our teacher started to show some concern, and asked the class if anyone knew how she…