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  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Jaws
  • Pulp Fiction
  • On Golden Pond

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  • Pinocchio

    ★★½

  • Holocaust

    ★★★½

  • Fear Street: 1666

    ★★★½

  • The Mauritanian

    ★★★

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  • For Sama

    For Sama

    ★★★★★

    A love letter and an apology, an excuse and a reason, a commitment and a choice. Through the lens of journalist Waad al-Kateab, this first-person documentary becomes all of these. Filmed over the course of 5 years (and created by al-Kateab and co-director Edward Watts from a reported 500 hours of footage), both behind and in front of the camera, al-Kateab guides us through an odyssey in war-torn Syria that she never really expects to survive. It’s a very personal…

  • Parasite

    Parasite

    ★★★★★

    A movie to restore my faith in movies. 3 complete acts with developed characters that works on multiple levels in multiple genres while still being accessible, entertaining and unpredictable. Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes and my early pick for Best Picture (which made me wonder how many films have won both. Answer: One. Marty in 1955). Don't read about it. Just see it.

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  • Still Alice

    Still Alice

    ★★★★½

    Still Alice is an emotionally engaging film that never feels overly sentimental or manipulative. Instead it relies on the amazingly subtle performance of Julianne Moore (for which she deservedly won Best Actress), an excellent supporting cast, the strength of family and the power of memories.

  • The Salt of the Earth

    The Salt of the Earth

    ★★★★★

    The Salt of the Earth is beautifully filmed and scored and the photography of Sebastião Salgado is at turns breath-taking, haunting, inspiring and heartbreaking. Both the man and his work are completely fascinating.

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  • Da 5 Bloods

    Da 5 Bloods

    ★★★★

    Spike Lee's latest has a lot in common with an average action movie: quality set pieces, plenty of spent ammunition, a high level of predictably and a decent sized portion of cheese (grenade!). One difference though is that Lee layers Bloods with history and politics and, whether you agree with the politics or not, the layers give the film added weight (along with added run time). The other difference is Delroy Lindo, who runs a gauntlet of emotions and gives the performance of a lifetime.

  • The Father

    The Father

    ★★★★★

    The Father is the directorial debut of Florian Zeller, who adapted the script from his own play. It's a unique look at dementia from the viewpoint of the sufferer which also competently conveyes the emotions of the caregivers, and leaves the viewer equally as confused and exhausted as both parties.

    Father is brilliantly conceived, written and directed. It never once feels like a stage production, instead using the confines of the flat to increase that feeling of being trapped. But…