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  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Mirror
  • Sansho the Bailiff
  • Sans Soleil

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  • Spencer

    ★★★★

  • Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★

  • Raging Fire

    ★★★★½

  • Sardar Udham

    ★★★★★

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  • A Hero

    A Hero

    ★★★★½

    In his most accomplished film since A Separation, Asghar Farhadi relates the story of an unlikely hero named Rahim, whose marriage has broken down and who is jailed in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz because of an outstanding debt he has been unable to repay to his former brother-in-law. His decision during a two-day release to not use some gold coins his current girlfriend Farkhondeh found in a lost handbag to partially repay his creditor, but instead to track…

  • Titane

    Titane

    ★★★★

    Titane is a radical film that wastes no time and immediately pulls the rug out from under the viewer. The graphic depiction of sex and violence that characterizes the first half of the film in particular can be understood in the context of the New French Extremity, which experienced a peak at the turn of the millennium. Ducournau's previous film Raw (2016) already marked a belated contribution to this film movement, but in Titane the physical brutality is even more…

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  • Memories of Murder

    Memories of Murder

    ★★★★★

    The restoration of Bong Joon-ho's masterpiece of the crime genre was followed by the closure of the Hwaseong case in September 2019, when the real culprit Lee Choon-jae was finally convicted almost thirty years after his last murder based on DNA results. Memories of Murder had also helped to keep the cases, which might have otherwise been forgotten, in collective memory. The dark and atmospheric film was one of the most significant works of the Korean New Wave at the…

  • Kisapmata

    Kisapmata

    ★★★★★

    Kisapmata is a dark psychological domestic thriller released shortly after the nominal termination of Martial Law in the Philippines that has lost none of its frightening power. The story is based on a piece of literary journalism entitled "The House on Zapote Street", which depicted a real event from 1961. To research the story told in six episodes, the author Nick Joaquín conducted interviews with actual eyewitnesses. In contrast to the original story, however, Mike de Leon's film, produced two…