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  • Mama Weed

    ★★½

  • Mayor

    ★★★½

  • Mr. & Mrs. Bridge

    ★★★★

  • Requiem for a Heavyweight

    ★★★★½

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  • Mama Weed

    Mama Weed

    ★★½

    Isabelle Huppert is enjoyable as a police interpreter who manipulates a drug deal and in disguise, become the dealer of the hashish. She's superior to the screenplay where things happen too easily.

  • Mayor

    Mayor

    ★★★½

    Intriguing immersive documentary about the mayor of Ramallah who deals with routine matters as well as the complications of occupation.

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  • They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

    ★★★★★

    One of my favorite American films. this intense, emotionally powerful masterpiece depicts the desperation driving a Depression-era dance marathon.

    The film is full of memorable portraits - Jane Fonda's bitter desperation contrasting with Michael Sarrazin's sensitivity as her dance partner, Susannah York's increasingly frazzled would-be-actress, Red Button's aging sailor, and Oscar-winning Gig Young as the manipulative master of ceremonies.

    Sydney Pollack's superb directions gives a vivid sense of the harsh conditions of the marathon. The sprints where contestants race and 3 couples are eliminated are particularly harrowing.

  • The Innocents

    The Innocents

    ★★★★★

    Outstanding and powerful film based on actual events. A young French doctor visits a Polish convent after WW2 where she discovers that several nuns had been raped by Russians and are pregnant.

    Director Anne Fontaine masterfully combines tension, shame and faith in the film. The screenplay develops a wide range of characters portrayed by an exceptional cast.