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  • Yi Yi
  • Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
  • Exotica
  • Beau Travail

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  • Steel Magnolias

    ★★★

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    ★★★

  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    ★★★★

  • Stavros Halkias: Live at the Lodge Room

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  • A Russian Youth

    A Russian Youth

    ★★★

    I am incredibly confused by this film’s intentions and no, that does not play into its favor. We are presented with a contemporary orchestra composing the soundtrack to a Russian WWI narrative, centered around a young soldier who is blinded (this happens early on). The narrative is incredibly painterly and has its own unique flourishes I did not anticipate yet lacks any true narrative cohesion to be anything more than a beautiful period piece. This film within the film also…

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★★

    Bleak. Schrader’s newest film demonstrates his maturation as both a writer and director, paralleling Taxi Driver thematically while branding itself as a unique picture and remaining equally representative of the tumultuous period of its inception. Truly great performances are given by all its cast which at first glance may appear lackluster, especially from Hawke as the Reverend Toller who is more compelling than Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle. While both men are consumed by their destructive greater purpose, Bickle acts almost…