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  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Spirited Away
  • An Inconvenient Truth
  • I Am Not Your Negro

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  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    ★★★★½

  • Law of Desire

    ★★★★

  • Matador

    ★★★½

  • Leviathan

    ★★★★★

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  • Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

    ★★★★½

    In concept, "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" would be passed off as a middle-of-the-road Hollywood romantic dramedy. But in the hands of Pedro Almodóvar, his strengths as a filmmaker are key to elevating the uninspired material to a point where it can stand among his best films, as well as a Spanish classic.

  • Law of Desire

    Law of Desire

    ★★★★

    Almodóvar's exploration into erotic surrealism continues with "Law of Desire." Like "Matador," his penchant for mixing Hitchcockian voyeurism, realistic melodrama, and batshit anarchy is in full swing. Kind of like a John Waters-directed feature, but with his unorthodox approach.

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  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    ★★★★½

    "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" simultaneously flips the conventional logic of Medieval folklore tropes and clichés, using its lack thereof as its main driving force. The result is a 92-minute farcical romp where the King Arthur legend is interpreted through a "method-to-the-madness" approach, with a hint of that British cynicism we come to expect from troupes like M.P.

  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

    ★★★★★

    "Dr. Strangelove" is a comedic marvel that not only provides catharsis for people who fear the existential threat of nuclear war but critiques our country's ideological divide and points out the ineptitude often fueling it. One could even use the film to draw parallels to the state of American democracy these past few years. That's how well this movie has held up!