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  • Rocks

    Rocks

    ★★★½

    Sarah Gavron (Suffragette) renders an empathetic, compassionate story about a teenage girl forced to fend for herself and her young brother in the coming-of-age drama Rocks. Its story of young female bond is reminiscent of Celine Sciamma’s 2014 film Girlhood, but Rocks has paid more attention to the social problem that thrusts the main character in desperation and unknown future. Despite the predictability of circumstances, Gavron surprises through its genuine emotional beats supported by her realistic take on the Generation…

  • Double Indemnity

    Double Indemnity

    ★★★★★

    A seminal piece of American film noir, Billy Wilder’s classic thriller Double Indemnity withstands the test of time with monumental work from its actors and a superb script to boast. The great Barbara Stanwyck stars as a mysterious woman who lures a good-natured insurance salesman (played by Fred MacMurray) into killing her own husband. The accomplishment of the film does not only lie with Wilder’s arresting composition and execution of scenes but also with its witty screenplay (written by Wilder…

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  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★★

    Ruben Östlund's sophisticated, wickedly funny, and intriguing dissection of masculinity, gender roles, marriage, and relationships is irresistibly alive, uncomfortable, yet absolutely clever. Östlund's psychodrama follows a couple and their kids in a ski vacation somewhere in France, but the couple's relationship is severely tested by an avalanche that will trigger their inner demons, as well examine their moral dilemmas.

    It's like Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with special participation of Haneke's cold precision. Ostlund…

  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    Judas and the Black Messiah

    ★★★½

    Despite some stirring performances from Lakeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya, Shaka King’s dramatization of the real-life betrayal of Fred Hampton by a co-Black Panther colleague feels remote and oddly incomplete. Judas and the Black Messiah has a very specific historical context within African-American history, and King manages to make its specificity resonate and universal. Part of it is not only because of the current police injustices against the Black community but also it presents this heinous act of espionage and…