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  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    The Killing of a Sacred Deer

    ★★★★

    There are few more singular or distinctive filmmakers working today than Yorgos Lanthimos, the Greek auteur who seems hellbent on defying every narrative convention and conquering every bulwark of "good taste." His latest film, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, is a deliciously twisted examination of justice and personal responsibility that is at once a horror film and an absurdist comedy; a veritable molotov cocktail thrown into a world of complacency and emotional detachment.

    "An eye for an eye leaves…

  • The Square

    The Square

    ★★★½

    Art is a powerful tool for social change. It has the power to change hearts and minds, start movements, and affect real progress in a society. But what happens when that power is wielded irresponsibly, or not at all? That is the central thesis of Ruben Östlund's Palme D'Or winning film, THE SQUARE, which examines the unexamined lives of the cultural elite through the eyes of Christian (Claes Bang), a Swedish art museum curator who comes up with a ludicrous…

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  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks

    ★★★★½

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.

  • American Sniper

    American Sniper

    ★★★★½

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…