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  • Pulp Fiction
  • La Haine
  • Y Tu Mamá También
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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  • Encanto

    ★★★½

  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

    ★★★★

  • Paterson

    ★★★½

  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

    ★★★★

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  • Lucky Grandma

    Lucky Grandma

    ★★★★

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    As an Asian American woman, I rarely find Asian films that appropriately strike the balance between being contemporary and maintaining cultural accuracy. It is often either akin to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon or Crazy Rich Asians; nothing in between. Last year, The Farewell proved to be a rare exception. There’s something precious about the fact that both The Farewell and Lucky Grandma revolve around Nai Nai (Mandarin for “grandma”), as opposed to labeling this character…

  • The Painter and the Thief

    The Painter and the Thief

    ★★★★½

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    The irony in The Painter and the Thief is that while the title of this documentary categorizes one protagonist as a painter and the other a thief, the film actually paints two holistic pictures of these characters, whose labels as “painter” and “thief” do not define them at all.

    In 2015, Czech artist Barbora Kysilkova received a call informing her that two of her most famous paintings, Chloe & Emma (left) and Swan Song (right), had…