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  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • A Hidden Life
  • The Rider

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  • The Voyeurs

    ★★½

  • House of Quarantine

    ★★

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    ★★★½

  • The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★½

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  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★★

    For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light... everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light."
    - Ephesians 5:8-14

    What is the meaning of the darkness?
    At the core of this question in A Hidden Life, Terrence Malick’s latest film, is that familiar visual sense that has come to define his style. Here he weaves darkness and light as both literal cinematic functions and metaphorical…

  • The Rider

    The Rider

    ★★★★½

    An unconventional film that uses the raw performances of its non-actors to underscore a potent spiritual core. The Rider is not afraid to dig into the human experience without the glamour and the polish, and what surfaces are some deeply rooted questions about what makes life worth living.

    There are a few ways in which The Rider could compare to another recently released and well received indie film with untested performances and an unconventional narrative style- Eighth Grade. I bring…

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  • The Voyeurs

    The Voyeurs

    ★★½

    The first half hour of this well potentialed erotic thriller did it's best to get me to abandon it. That takes a lot as I don't abandon films very easily. The intended if amped up and maybe even manipulated Hitchockian vibes are clear as day, but if the first 30 or 40 minutes was any indication this film was going to have a long ways to go in order to figure out what precisely it wants to do with its,…

  • The Night of the Hunter

    The Night of the Hunter

    ★★★★½

    An incredible demonstration of gothic noir, melding it's religious subtext with a genuinely unsettling sense of horror. For as simple as the premise seems, the meticulous direction ensures that every corner and every turn is letting this story unfold in unsuspecting ways.

    It seems strange to call this a fairy tale, but the story, which revolves around a strange man who is both pastor and killer making his way to an unsuspecting town in order to manipulate them for money,…

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  • Cry Macho

    Cry Macho

    ★★★½

    There is introspective quality to this quiet, simple, sentimental, neo western drama starring and Directed by 90 year Clint Eastwood.

    And yes, watching this film forces us to reconcile with this legendary filmmakers age. Seeing him dust off those fists, taking to the dance floor and heck, even getting in and out of that truck feels like inspiration in and of itself. The real strength of this film though comes from using this age to say something important about what…

  • Soul

    Soul

    ★★★★½

    This film is everything that we need right now during these tough times.

    Or maybe its everything I need. It finds a way to break through the clutter of these pent up feelings and emotions and offers a simple message of hope amidst all the potential for anxiety and depression and exhaustion.

    Just don't mistake that simplicity for a lack of depth. This is a film about complex emotions. Topics like purpose and meaning are not necessarily the kind of…