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  • Moonstruck

    ★★★½

  • Sujata

    ★★★★

  • Mr. & Mrs. Smith

    ★★½

  • Vigil in the Night

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  • Moonstruck

    Moonstruck

    ★★★½

    Like finding out about an aunt and uncle you never knew you had that are loud, funny, occasionally inappropriate, and give great hugs.

  • Sujata

    Sujata

    ★★★★

    Sujata is a film about the conflict between illusion and reality. The central dilemma in the movie is about the illusion of caste, but this not only manifests itself in the (wholly unsubtle) plot developments but in the technical elements of the film as well. At one point a character is humming a melody searching for the words to the song he will later sing. It seems to be a good run at generating a seamless reality around the musical…

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  • Swing Time

    Swing Time

    ★★★½

    “Oh, Fred’s getting his makeup ready for the next dance routine!

    Oh.

    Oh no.”

  • Maborosi

    Maborosi

    ★★★★½

    Koreeda’s first feature belongs to the niche genre of ghost stories with no ghosts. They are anchored by protagonists who sense the emptiness rather than the life that surrounds them, trapped in a past from which they are unable to shake free. The title means “a trick of the light,” and Yumiko is constantly unsure of her guided path. There are so many brittle moments in the film, most obviously when her new mother-in-law seems lost at sea but more…