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  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Winter Light
  • I Am Curious (Yellow)
  • The Great Beauty

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  • Lux Æterna

    ★★★

  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

    ★★★★

  • Great Expectations

    ★★★★

  • Dark River

    ★★★★

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  • On Golden Pond

    On Golden Pond

    ★★★½

    On Golden Pond exists within a subgenre of family film, one occupied by intensely personal stories from directors and actors that draw from their own lives. Though based on an Ernest Thompson play of the same name, Jane Fonda bought the rights for the play so that her father and her could tell this story whilst recalling their father and daughter relationship.

    Each summer, the Thayers, Norman (Henry Fonda) and Ethel (Katherine Hepburn) Thayer, vacation at their lake cottage on…

  • You Only Live Once

    You Only Live Once

    ★★★½

    An early noir feature from Henry Fonda, You Only Live Once tells of reformed convict Eddie Taylor (Henry Fonda) and his struggle to find peace. Though Eddie has turned a shoulder on his past life of crime, ‘the law’ isn’t convinced he is finished. When a bank robbery occurs that results in the death of six people, Eddie is framed for the crime and arrested. It gets exponentially worse when he is sentenced to death by electrocution.

    One of Fritz…

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  • Up in the Air

    Up in the Air

    ★★★★½

    A love story without love. A fitting double feature with Anomalisa. Jason Reitman deconstructs the glamor of placelessness and commitmentless, showing that what keeps us grounded is the people and memories that we keep.

  • Joker

    Joker

    ★★★½

    2019 Ranked

    When I first saw the trailer for Joker, I thought the premise could offer a potentially new look at the character of the Joker. It seemed like a comic book movie with a slightly darker tone, and Joaquin Phoenix’s involvement suggested that it wouldn’t be your run-of-the-mill film. Phoenix doesn’t do those films.

    Until reading responses to the trailer, I hadn’t considered the immense controversy that 2 minutes would conjure or the immense vitriol that 2 hours and…