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  • It's a Wonderful Life

    It's a Wonderful Life

    ★★★★★

    "Dear George, remember no man is a failure who has friends."

    Every December, It's a Wonderful Life returns to homes and theaters worldwide, as people seek to revisit this enduring holiday classic, or experience its magic for the first time. Undoubtedly the greatest Christmas movie of all time, it is a bit of a disservice to attach the "holiday film" label to Capra's masterpiece at all; this is an exceptional film at any time of year. Nevertheless, there is something…

  • Millennium Actress

    Millennium Actress

    ★★★★★

    Cinema. I love its history and all its depth and breadth. I am driven by a desire to see everything, despite an understanding that there will always be something more to see. I relish the idea that every first-time watch carries with it the potential to be a new all-time favorite, and I seek out different kinds of films, knowing that each new style/director/era I explore opens gateways to new experiences and cinematic paths. I’ve seen thousands of films and…

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  • Badlapur

    Badlapur

    ★★★

    An excellent premise, a jaw-dropping opening segment, and an overall well-paced revenge thriller are ultimately let down by a script rife with misogyny. Still, Sriram Raghavan is clearly one of the most talented filmmakers working in India today, and Badlapur showcases many of his talents, even if I was less onboard than with Andhadhun and Johnny Gaddar.

  • Mera Naam Joker

    Mera Naam Joker

    ★★★★★

    After a few days of letting this one settle in, I'm upping to 5 stars. Mera Naam Joker is a pitch-perfect triptych of melodrama, expertly navigated by director-star Raj Kapoor. It's hard not to see this as a melancholic reflection on Kapoor's own, monumental influence on the Hindi film industry, which adds depth and poignancy. As someone never particularly interested in clowns or circuses, it's a testament to Kapoor's brilliance here that Mera Naam Joker held my rapt attention for over 4 hours. A masterpiece.

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  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage

    ★★★★★

    Ingmar Bergman's epic mini-series, Scenes from a Marriage, is a brilliant, intimate observational study of a couple's marriage. At the start of the film, Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) have been agreeably (if not always happily) married for ten years. Bergman's film meets a couple that seems to have it all together, peels back the façade, and shows us the tension right under the surface.

    Ullmann and Josephson provide powerhouse performances, and their chemistry here is probably the…

  • Where Is My Friend's House?

    Where Is My Friend's House?

    ★★★★½

    One time, back in third grade, the first girl that I ever had a crush on got sick. I knew that she lived nearby, because we rode the same bus, got off at the same stop, and then went our separate ways from there. Her house couldn't have been more than a few blocks away from my own. After she'd missed a few days, our teacher started to show some concern, and asked the class if anyone knew how she…