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  • The Firemen's Ball

    ★★★★

  • Long Arm of the Law

    ★★★

  • Tokyo Sonata

    ★★★★½

  • Drunken Master

    ★★★★

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  • Gas Food Lodging

    Gas Food Lodging

    ★★★★

    Bleak rural despair reigns supreme over small town New Mexico in this rich and evocative slice of life tale from Allison Anders. Dusty roads, desert sands, tumbleweeds, trailer park homes, 4 by 4s and lonely yet wholesome diners set the warm & rugged milieu, punctuated by a moody grunge soundtrack.

    The main focus is on 3 women - Nora, a single mother (Brooke Adams) and her two teenage daughters, Trudi (Ione Skye) and Shade (Fairuza Balk). Trudi is an upbeat and…

  • Columbus

    Columbus

    ★★★★★

    Birds tweeting, crickets chirping. Church bells chiming and mobile phones beeping. The soft rumble of cars in the distance, the trickling of water down a stream. Door chimes tinkling together, a book cart in need of some oiling squeaking its way down the library floor. A lone police siren, leaves rustling together in the gentle wind. Rain pattering down outside, drink glasses chinking inside a bar. A freighter train rolling along, water plopping on a lake. An ethereal score floating…

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  • Spirited Away

    Spirited Away

    ★★★★

    Haunting, magical, poignant, whimsical and cathartic in equal measure.

  • On the Rocks

    On the Rocks

    ★★★★

    One of the most common criticisms levied at the films of Sofia Coppola is that they tend to focus on ultra-rich white people and their vapid lives and problems that seem innocuous to those of us in the 99%, struggling to make ends meet whilst these millionaires suffer from mid-life crisis’s despite having access to whatever material needs they may desire. On the Rocks does nothing to sully those complaints (although this film does feature her most diverse cast yet)…

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  • The Panic in Needle Park

    The Panic in Needle Park

    ★★★★

    The Panic in Needle Park follows Bobby (Al Pacino), and Helen (Kitty Winn), a young couple whose lives are controlled by their drug addictions and who follow similarly self-destructive paths.

    Pacino’s performance is vivacious and filled with energy. He breathes life into the seedy world they inhabit. It’s interesting to see Pacino and Winn in such early roles, knowing that Winn faded into obscurity and Pacino became one of the biggest stars Hollywood has ever seen. But the two work…

  • Drinking Buddies

    Drinking Buddies

    ★★★★½

    It doesn't take long before you become emotionally invested in the characters of writer-director Joe Swanberg's warm, funny drama that uses a strong combination of improvised dialogue and situations that most people will find themselves in.

    The story follows a group of people living in Chicago; Luke (Jake Johnson), Kate (Olivia Wilde), Jill (Anna Kendrick) and Chris (Ron Livingston). Luke and Jill are in a relationship, as are Chris and Kate. However, their situations are complicated and tensions arise when…