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  • Hale County This Morning, This Evening

    Hale County This Morning, This Evening

    ★★★★½

    What does it mean to be an American? More specifically, what does it mean to be black in America? These are questions that artists have long grappled with in a wide array of mediums, searching for that unknowable, elusive answer to who we really are.

    In his debut film, RaMell Ross boldly grapples with those questions in the most unassuming way imaginable, by simply documenting life as he knows it. HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING is a narratively shapeless…

  • A Star Is Born

    A Star Is Born

    ★★★★

    Perhaps the most famous of the now 4 (!) versions of A STAR IS BORN, George Cukor's 1954 adaptation is an overlong (3 hours) but often gloriously rendered look at the rise of one star and the fall of another. No one projected wide-eyed innocence quite like Judy Garland (bitterly ironic now, considering that it was alcoholism that eventually brought her down), making perfect ships passing in the night with George Mason's boozed up mega-star on the way down.

    The…

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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…