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  • Ghost in the Shell
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  • Dazed and Confused
  • The Third Man

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  • All Light, Everywhere

    ★★★★

  • Benedetta

    ★★★★

  • The Mitchells vs. The Machines

    ★★★★½

  • Annette

    ★★★★

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  • West Side Story

    West Side Story

    ★★★★★

    Obviously when Spielberg chose to direct a musical he adapted and updated one of the classics of the genre in a refreshing way that made it more incisive and relevant while still delivering the thrilling musical numbers and choreography we expect and drawing great performances out of actors both new and established. No notes.

  • Batman Returns

    Batman Returns

    ★★★★

    In RS Benedict's essay Everyone is Beautiful and No One is Horny, she writes about how the modern blockbuster has been stripped of any real sexual content even as actors' bodies have become increasingly sculpted into immaculate perfection. And no where is that more true than in the superhero genre; in the MCU notably the most sexually charged moment may be when Agent Carter furtively touches Captain America's chest. In the race to make the most money, chasing that coveted…

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  • Persona

    Persona

    ★★★★★

    Persona is one of those films that's spoken of in hushed tones. It's one of Ingmar Bergman's most renowned works, which puts it in company with films like The Seventh Seal and previous Movie of the Week Fanny and Alexander.

    In Persona, Bergman is dealing with existential questions of identity and value of the self. Its two main characters Elisabet (Liv Ullmann) and Alma (Bibi Andersson) both are struggling with them, albeit in different ways. Elisabet has become so disturbed…

  • The Third Man

    The Third Man

    ★★★★★

    RIP The Dissolve, 2013-2015