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  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    ★★★★½

    One part epic, one part romance, one part “martial heroes”, and all parts beautiful, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a culmination of sorts of a long line of martial arts films. Undeniably Chinese, Ang Lee’s epic is the start for many Western audiences to glance into both this long time art genre and into the Far East world itself. Beginning without hesitation, this tale opens in the sprawling capital of the Qing Dynasty, a tour into a world of magic…

  • Frances Ha

    Frances Ha

    ★★★★½

    “I like things that look like mistakes”

    Coming to this film after already seen Lady Bird, it right away felt like this slice of life, cutting between moments strategy in Frances Ha was only perfected in the later movie, yet by the end, after growing with the ultimately good-natured protagonist, it absolutely warmed my heart.

    “I'm not messy, I'm busy”

    Going through one’s 20s in the 21st Century is a disorientating ocean of jobs, friendships, and dating all in some…

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  • Us

    Us

    ★★★★½

    “Nobody cares about the end of the world”

    Jordan Peele is not a one trick pony. In a film of haunting performances, spellbinding visuals, and metaphors 11 layers deep, Us paints a damning portrait of America, cynically invoking uniting ideas like the Hands Across America campaign as the root of what’s driving us apart. In Us, a family holiday becomes something much worse as doppelgangers begin to terrorize the house. These actors pull double duty as the terrified family and…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    “I just feel comfortable here”

    For as long as humans have existed, there has been a divide between the haves and the have nots. It’s appeared across all cultures and throughout history, for this separation between the well-to-do and those who struggle to make ends meet is ingrained within our very DNA. For those suffering from scarcity, studies show that the mind goes into tunnel vision, literally unable to think about long-term consequences; it becomes so maniacally focused on short-term…