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  • Une Chambre en Ville

    Une Chambre en Ville

    ★★★★½

    The hidden gem of Criterion's Demy boxset, 'Une Chamber en Ville' is remarkable in how it is able to somehow keep its incredibly melodramatic story grounded in some semblance of reality. The story, about fate bringing together an abused wife and struggling metalworker in a tragic, Romeo & Juliet-esque love affair set during the French labor movement of the 1950s, is only one degree away from a Nicholas Sparks novel, but Demy is able to elevate the story far beyond the…

  • Donkey Skin

    Donkey Skin

    ★★★½

    Visually 'Donkey Skin' is nearly as breathtaking as Demy's classic pictures, and it's hard to go wrong once you've got Catherine Deneuve as your lead, but ultimately the film is just a bit too slight to be truly memorable. Of all the films in Criterion's Jacques Demy set, this is the only one I would not consider to be essential.

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  • Mud

    Mud

    ★★★★

    A strange thing has happened in Hollywood over the past 18 or so months. While once seemingly resigned to play the bachelor in every mediocre romantic comedy of the 2000s, Matthew McConaughey has suddenly becomeone of the most exciting and reliable leading men in the business, and ‘Mud’ is no exception. While it’s a touch too sentimental and largely predictable, ‘Mud’s strength comes from two strong lead performances, from McConaughey and newcomer Tye Sheridan, and its powerful coming-of-age tale about…

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

    ★★½

    Peter Jackson has once again made cinematic history, as his Hobbit series promises to be the first film adaptation that takes longer to watch than the novel itself takes to read. Woody Allen once said a relationship is like a shark, it has to constantly move forward or it dies. The same may be said about a film. Unless either the story or characters are moving forward, the film dies. And unfortunately, ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ is a dead…