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  • LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales

    ★★★

  • The Last Movie

    ★★½

  • William Eggleston in the Real World

    ★★½

  • In Concert at The Met

    ★★½

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  • Hell's Heroes

    Hell's Heroes

    ★★★

    Four gangsters rob a bank. In the subsequent shootout, a cashier and one of the gangsters are murdered. During their escape, the remaining three perpetrators encounter a pregnant woman. She dies during childbirth and asks the trio to take her son to his father (who happens to be the cashier they murdered). Tormented by their part in killing the boy's father, the three reluctantly take the newborn back to town.

    William Wyler's first sound picture is a wonderful ode to responsibility, redemption, purpose, fate, and chance.

  • The Devil's Playground

    The Devil's Playground

    ★★★½

    This Australian film from Fred Schepisi explores life inside a boy's Catholic school led by the De La Salle Brothers.

    While he seems to argue for a more permissive sexual expression as a requisite to growing up in a healthy way, Schepisi does not condemn the organization behind the school or argue against religious instruction, instead he rings a clarion bell about the potential dangers of stigmatizing and / or ignoring worldly realities.

    This film presciently lays bare the conditions…

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  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★★★★

    In the 17th century, two Portugese Jesuit priests, Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver) travel to Japan to investigate rumors their mentor Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson) renounced his faith.

    Upon arrival, they learn Christians in the country have been largely eradicated through torture and violence. After a long and difficult search, Rodrigues finds Ferreira and confirms he committed apostasy and works with the Japanese government to eliminate Christian resistance.

    Rodrigues is given a choice: he can…

  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    Star Wars: The Force Awakens

    ★★★★½

    Thirty years after the events in Return of the Jedi, not much has changed. The First Order, a splinter group from the evil empire, is terrorizing the galaxy. Leia still leads the resistance. Han has returned to smuggling. C-3PO is still annoying.

    Both sides are desperately searching for Luke Skywalker, the last surviving Jedi. After one of his trainees went berserk, Luke went into a self-imposed exile.

    The Resistance has located a map to his location and send their best…