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  • Abdullah Ibrahim: A Brother with Perfect Timing

    Abdullah Ibrahim: A Brother with Perfect Timing

    ★★★★½

    A film about Cape Town, set in New York. Johnny Classens Kumalo's vocal performance at the heart of the film will tell you everything you need to know about being in exile. One of my absolute treasures.

  • Scenes from a Marriage

    Scenes from a Marriage

    ★★★★

    In the dead of night in a dark house

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  • L'Atalante

    L'Atalante

    ★★★★★

    I often approach this type of thing with a fair amount of scepticism. It's petty and a nuisance, but I don't like my completist tendencies, I don't want homework, and so I can sometimes be less open hearted than I'd like to be when it comes to the real macdaddies of film academe, like this one.

    There's usually some sort of technical board pin to spot. The first film to employ such-and-such. Poetic Realism in the case of this film,…

  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    ★★

    Not as awful as some people have made it out to be, I don't think. If you have some sentiment for the series i'm sure you'll dig Five Armies, but Jackson did teeter on the edge of fiasco too frequently with this one. We were probably all bracing ourselves for this kind of bloated slop upon hearing his plans of wringing three movies out of that book, and the resulting broadness and bluntness of this trilogy has pretty much ruined…