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  • The Godfather: Part II
  • Schindler's List
  • Lawrence of Arabia
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  • Let It Snow

    ★★★

  • Cavalcade

  • Like A Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres

    ★★★★

  • The Children Act

    ★★★★

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  • Cavalcade

    Cavalcade

    Horribly dated Best Picture Oscar winner, everybody overacts terribly appearing to think they're onstage rather than on camera. Woeful effects.
    Attempts to be an historical epic but fails miserably.
    Guess it must have seemed pretty great in its day.
    Some of the films this beat for Best Picture include: Little Women, A Farewell to Arms and The Private Lives of Henry VIII

  • Like A Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres

    Like A Rolling Stone: The Life & Times of Ben Fong-Torres

    ★★★★

    Really solid documentary about the life and career of Rolling Stone magazine's legendary music writer Ben Fong-Torres.
    The man himself is interviewed extensively and clips of these modern chats are interspersed throughout the film revealing him to be a warm, modest, affable and caring person.
    There is also some voice over to give us context of the historical clips, of which there are many, and they locate the man in his music journalism days and within his Chinese culture.
    People…

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  • Let It Snow

    Let It Snow

    ★★★

    Yea, it's a little corny and shallow at times but it also has enough sweet moments that are enjoyable if you just let them wash over you.
    MVP is definitely Australian born Mitchell Hope (the Descendants series) as the lovelorn Tobin.

  • The Children Act

    The Children Act

    ★★★★

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

    The Children Act deals with the conflict between some types of religious beliefs, which involve refusal of life saving medical treatment, and the medical and legal professions.
    Emma Thompson shines as the judge who takes the unusual step of personally visiting the 17 year old boy, Peter, (a lovely performance from Fionn Whitehead) before making her decision. Stanley Tucci is on hand for steady support in the small role of Thompson's neglected husband.
    What follows is a fascinating story of…

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  • A Hidden Life

    A Hidden Life

    ★★★★★

    As others are stating, this has Malick's most cohesive narrative since Badlands and even parts of The Thin Red Line.
    However, it still exhibits at least some of the dream-like voice-over, jump cuts, gorgeous cinematography and music cues of much of his post The New World work.
    The plot itself is a real heartbreaker, intense, anger-inducing and beautifully acted by a superb and mostly unknown cast.
    Call me a convert all over again because this is pure gold cinema at its finest and most lyrical.

  • The Batman

    The Batman

    ★★★★★

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

    Believe the hype, this is the hero Batman for our times, just as Todd Phillips' Joker was the villain.
    Matt Reeves' Batman is a complex, intellectual, emotional, dark and naturally solitary character who even pushes Alfred to the sidelines for much of the run-time, instead working closely only with (a terrific) Jeffrey Wright as Lieutenant Gordon and Zoe Kravitz's deeply hurt Selena Kyle/Catwoman.
    The villains in this take are feeding off Gotham and much of its corrupt leadership. Colin Farrell's…