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  • Children of Men
  • To Live and Die in L.A.
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Where Eagles Dare

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  • Hero

    ★★★★½

  • Quiz Show

    ★★½

  • The Last Emperor

    ★★★½

  • The Purple Rose of Cairo

    ★★★★

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  • The Power of the Dog

    The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

    My first Jane Campion movie and it’s brilliant! Love me a solid western film, and add on some great performances and a slow, but moving story, you’ve got yourself an all-time classic in the making. Cumberbatch is just so good as this vile man that you can’t help but keep your eyes on him. It’s one of the year’s best performances. Kodi Smit-McPhee is also pretty great too, which I never expected from him, he stood his own against greats like Dunst and Cumberbatch. Beautiful cinematography and music really makes us feel immersed in this story. Sure thr CGI can look wonky, but it’s used sparingly.

  • King Richard

    King Richard

    ★★★★

    The whole time I was watching this, I thought: “will these two girls be great tennis players later in life, all I know about them is they are 2 of the best tennis players of all time.” It’s funny watching this cause I know where it’s going to end (and continue) for Serena and Venus, but the movie was still enjoyable thanks to some great performances and a solid sports movie about tennis. Will Smith definitely deserves all the praise he has received for his role in this film.

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  • Hero

    Hero

    ★★★★½

    Recommended by: Alan
    Alan's Recs Ranked

    Holy moly, this movie is one of the most stylish action movies I’ve ever seen. Every shot is so pretty and every action move is too. The leaves, the clothing, the water! Just my goodness I loved how this looks. Yeah the story really doesn’t matter, but every fight scene is just too great to care. Maggie Cheung was so good in this.

  • Quiz Show

    Quiz Show

    ★★½

    Recommended by: Alan
    Alan's Recs Ranked

    I’ve only heard good things about this movie, which is why I wish I lived this more. I feel like we start halfway through a story, and that story just isn’t as interesting as the movie makes it out to be. Redford directed the hell out of this, but my goodness Fiennes has never been worse. Really liked Turturro’s performance though!

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  • Life Overtakes Me

    Life Overtakes Me

    ★★½

    This is a frustrating doc in a lot of ways. It focuses a lot on these 3 families, and each of them have their own tragic backgrounds about why they fled to Sweden. We learn about their kids having Resignation Syndrome, but that’s about it. Their characters are defined by this syndrome that is starting to effect more and more kids. The doc decides to show a narrow focus of it, and there was an opportunity to do a deeper…

  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★

    I hate that I’m rating this so low. I’ve heard nothing except excellent thing about this movie for years and years, and I finally watch it to discover that it just wasn’t for me. The animation does look nice, but I was let down by some weaker characters and plot elements that kept me from getting further hooked by this movie. I was left confused at times until it all became clear, but there are still elements which I don’t…