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  • Paterson
  • The Tree of Life
  • Babette's Feast
  • Three Colors: Blue

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  • Sansho the Bailiff

    ★★★★

  • Golden Arm

    ★★★½

  • Leningrad Cowboys Go America

    ★★★

  • The Green Ray

    ★★★★

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  • Sansho the Bailiff

    Sansho the Bailiff

    ★★★★

    BFI/Sight & Sound’s The 100 Greatest Films of all Time

    A man is not a human being without mercy. Even if you are hard on yourself, be merciful to others.  

    A sparse and simple film highlighted by deep loyalty, courage, strength and mercy in the face of extraordinary loss and grief.

    This revered film is considered a classic . . . and yet there were times when the central characters seemed unreachable to me and when the melodrama left me…

  • Golden Arm

    Golden Arm

    ★★★½

    Plenty of hilarity with some thoughtful reflection on tapping into one’s inner courage and strength. A theme that would not ordinarily have attracted were it now for positive reviews.

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  • Zero Dark Thirty

    Zero Dark Thirty

    ★★★★

    I had a dream last night about this movie. I was ushered into a room with Osama bin Laden. I did not feel hatred for him . . . more a sense of wonder. This only served to reinforce how highly conflicted I am about the ongoing war against terrorism - a deep ambivalence which I could not separate from my interaction with this movie.

    Was the assassination of bin Laden an act of US heroism, a final victory over…

  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★½

    The morning after watching Roma, I awoke to the melody and lyrics of one of my favourite pop songs of the 80’s ringing in the recesses of my mind - I Want to Know What Love Is, by Foreigner. Perfectly apropos to the movie I had just watched the night before. Roma could easily have been titled Cleo, after the maid of a middle class family living in the Colonia Roma neighbourhood of Mexico City during the early 1970’s. Or…