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  • Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

    I knew about this cult before but in the last few days I watched a lot of interviews with ex member Leah Remini, who is trying very hard to shed a light on the pain this organization has caused to ex members, both when they were in it and after they left, as well as interviews with people who have studied the topic like Tony Ortega or done a documentary on it like Louis Theroux. Therefore I already knew some of the information in this. However, this is a good start if you know nothing about this cult and want to know more.

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★★★½

    I anticipated this film so so much after seeing zhao's previous work, the rider, and being incredibly impressed by its simplicity, humanity and objectivity and I wasn't disappointed.
    nomadland seemingly has no real plot, it's one of those films that just open up at a certain point in a person's life and you're invited to witness it for an hour or two and then you say your goodbyes (which - as the film touches upon - are never permanent for…

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  • Sound of Metal

    Sound of Metal

    ★★★★★

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

    this is easily one of my favorite films I've watched this year. I went into it without really knowing anything or having any expectations and was completely blown away. ahmed gives a phenomenal performance, fully embracing the difficult journey his character has to take on and the conflicts he has to face.
    the ending was one of the most powerful moments I've ever seen in a film, with ruben finding peace with his new situation and accepting that a new chapter of his life has started.
    a very touching story that I know I will still be thinking about in the next few days

  • Ammonite

    Ammonite

    ★★★

    sadly didn't end up loving this as much as I hoped I would (or as much as god's own country for that matter). though I have to say that the film grew on me in the second half, it didn't quite capture me. both saoirse ronan and kate winslet give strong individual performances, but I agree that their chemistry feels a bit lacking, thus their romance doesn't fully translate through the screen and fails to make me truly care about…