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  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three
  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)
  • Old
  • Pig

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  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    ★★★★

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★

  • Saving Silverman

    ★★★

  • Old

    ★★★½

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  • The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

    ★★★★

    One of my mom's favorites. Finally sat down to watch it with her. I saw the Tony Scott remake in theaters but it didn't leave much of a mark on me. This however is a masterfully constructed thriller that is gritty, gripping and hilarious all at once. I was seriously laughing my ass off most of the time, which I did not expect. A great ride.

  • Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

    ★★★★

    Powerful and more importantly FUN presentation of archival footage from the Harlem Cultural Festival in the summer of 1969. Overshadowed by the cultural impact of Woodstock the same year and ignored by white media moguls who weren't interested in broadcasting the footage, the Harlem Cultural Festival had previously been basically erased from history and the footage filmed was thought to be forever lost.

    Director Questlove, who in addition to his successful career in The Roots is also somewhat of a…

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  • Old

    Old

    ★★★½

    Old, a truly bizarre new thriller from writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, is a hypnotizing mix of nostalgic Twilight Zone riffs, high-level body horror and genuine observations on the cruelty of time. All you need to know going in is that this about a group of people, all from different walks of life, who begin to rapidly age after becoming trapped on a secluded beach.

    It should be noted that there are inconsistencies here. The dialogue, performances and camera work all…

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★★★

    Powerful drama about loss with wonderful performances from Nicolas Cage and Alex Wolff. The subject matter is supremely dark but the movie never feels punishing, even when it piles on multiple tragedies.

    I wouldn't call this hopeful, it does not present any sort of rosy view of overcoming misfortune and growing as a person. It instead presents a realistic way of how a lot of people live with grief, letting sadness overtake them and just hoping they are strong enough…