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  • In the Mood for Love
  • The Whispering Star
  • The Thin Red Line
  • The Gravedigger’s Wife

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  • Flee

    ★★★★½

  • The Novice

    ★★★★

  • The Power of the Dog

    ★★★★★

  • Chungking Express

    ★★★★½

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  • 8½

    ★★★★★

    you're free, but you must learn to choose

    Guido Anselmi To Direct New Film
    Jan 5 1962

    Producer Pace has announced that world renowned Italian director Guido Anselmi will direct a new film this year. There is little information about the project, but we know it will be science fiction. One associate who wanted to remain anonymous said that Madeleine, the famous French actress, has expressed interest in the project. Shooting is set to begin in April.

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  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★★


    I heard people talk about immortality,
    but I ain't seen it.
    l wondered how it'd be when l died.
    What it'd be like to know that this breath now
    was the last one you was ever gonna draw.
    l just hope l can meet it the same way she did.
    With the same... calm.
    Cos that's where it's hidden -
    the immortality l hadn't seen.

    What's it like to be lying in the middle of an unfamiliar jungle with birds…

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  • Cyrano

    Cyrano

    ★★★

    Let me get this out of the way.

    There is the play by Edmond Rostand.
    Then there is a 2018 stage musical written by Erica Schmidt.
    Then there is this, the movie, which is Schmidt's screenplay version of her musical.

    So we are thrice removed from the original play. In that sense, we can, and should, expect quite a few differences with the original play. I realize this probably doesn't matter to most people, as I'm quite certain most have…

  • Belfast

    Belfast

    ★★

    It is nice that Branagh had a story to tell and wanted to tell it. And it could have been a good story. Unfortunately, he couldn't read the room, probably because he was too invested. There were so many elements in this film that could have created some drama, that could have led the audience into ups and downs. That's not what happened. Instead, we are given a story about what it was like at the time, without really going…

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  • Dogtooth

    Dogtooth

    ★★★★½

    Dogtooth is disturbing. It creeps into your psyche and stays there for days. It plays like an absurdist comedy at first but quickly shows its true colours. It is a gripping, compelling, shocking and extremely sad story of three nameless nearly adult children who live in a world created exclusively by their parents.

    By "nameless" I don't mean that we are never told their names; I mean they have no names. The implications of this are enormous (take a minute…

  • Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    ★★

    My ticket stub says that I saw Silver Linings Playbook but it can't be the same film everyone else has seen. It just can't be. This one was supposed to be charming, enjoyable, fun even. It won the TIFF Audience Award. It was supposed to have great characters. Cooper and Lawrence were supposed to have given wonderful performances. DeNiro, it was said, was back. Jackie Weaver, wait, was she in this?

    The film I saw was bland and boring. I…