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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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  • Flux Gourmet

    ★★★★

  • Musical Chairs

    ★★★½

  • The Festival of Troubadours

    ★★★

  • Do Revenge

    ★★★

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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 Woman King

    The Woman King

    ★★★★

    Excellent movie. Good, old fashioned storyelling, lives up to its promise of epic scale, tells an inspirational story drawn from true events of a unique group of female warriors which developed during the slave strade within a kingdom complicit in the slave trade, setting the stage for change to happen years later.

    I was having some discussion elsewhere with someone who challenged the historicity of this film. It doesn't hide the fact that this kingdom was complicit in the slave…

  • Drive My Car

    Drive My Car

    ★★★★½

    Like a gentle, meandering road trip through unknown spaces on the way to a hoped for destination, Drive My Car unfolds as a meditation on life itself ruminating on the empty spaces and the unspoken thoughts that only the forced cofnines of aroad trip can begin to unearth. There are detours, moments of getting lost, unexpected adversity, but also moments of real clarity and direction that shed light on why the journey matters. Perhaps, in the good grace gift of…

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  • You Go To My Head

    You Go To My Head

    ★★★

    An unconventional love story is about all you really need to understand about this film. An unfortunate circumstance leads to a problematic decision that then begins to spiral into something of an undefinable and unstoppable beast.

    And yet in the middle of this there are real, true moments of beauty. The filmmaker has a knack for capturing a moment, for sitting in the dramatic nuance of a simple conversation, silence, or even the subtle shifts in emotion, be it fear,…

  • 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…