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  • Moonlight
  • The Handmaiden
  • Tomboy
  • Brokeback Mountain

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  • Rise

    ★★★

  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★

  • Crimes of the Future

    ★★★

  • Hustle

    ★★★★

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  • Rise

    Rise

    ★★★

    "Rise" is a film for basketball lovers and audiences with childlike wonder, and while there is a lack of grit in the film's execution, there is an inspiring value in its story and a revealing look at immigration issues worldwide. This is the biography of the Antetokounmpos brothers who later became famous NBA basketball players. Their story is rooted in the admirable strength of their parents and a series of struggles related to immigration.

    The direction occasionally feels a bit…

  • Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    ★★★

    "Good Luck to You, Leo Grande" is an intimate character study balancing drama with comedy, and while it's never an extraordinary film, the lead performances of Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack are excellent. The film feels like a filmed stage play with lengthy conversations, which will not always keep the viewer's attention. But the dialogues tell a lot about the characters, their differences and desires.

    Insights about sex work, family, aging, and body image are explored in the film. Sex…

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  • Hello, Love, Goodbye

    Hello, Love, Goodbye

    ★½

    Alden Richards’ character, Ethan, is pushy, creepy and problematic.

    He will continue sending friend requests even if Joy declined several times already. He will make the radio station talk about Joy in public without her permission. He will use another phone to text Joy anonymously. He will act like a police even if Joy is weeping out of fear. He will squeeze through inside a small room knowing that Joy will be uncomfortable. He will continually send “Need a friend…

  • Ghosts of War

    Ghosts of War

    ★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    This is a standard haunted house horror with a World War II setting, so I definitely signed up even with its poor reception. Ghosts of War has loads of promising conceptualization: a murdered family of Jew rescuers, an elaborate Gothic mansion, an intriguing tale of revenge, and an allegory of post-traumatic stress disorder. The formulaically-structured events in the mansion are wonky and all over the place, but I would be lying if I say that I did not enjoy the…