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  • Parabeton: Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete

    Parabeton: Pier Luigi Nervi and Roman Concrete

    ★★★★

    Pier Luigi Nervi's 20th century work alternates with structures from Roman antiquity that influenced him. Intriguing cinematography presents the buildings in unusual ways, giving a fresh look even to those structures we might be familiar with. Director Emigholz seems to have gone to some pains to include as few people as possible, and combined with the absence of score or narration, gives the buildings a stark quality that allows us to feel as if we are the first people in many years to stumble upon them.

  • Valkyrie

    Valkyrie

    ★★★½

    Fact-based stories present unusual challenges to writers and directors, even more so when the events are fairly well-known to the general public. In this case, Claus von Stauffenberg's famous attempt to kill Hitler may not have the kind of popular recognition as D-Day or the Battle of the Bulge, but neither is it generally unknown. Which means writers Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander, as well as director Bryan Singer were presented with at least two significant problems ... how to…

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  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★★

    Weird movie. Takes place near the sea, but there wasn't a single seal.

  • Star Wars

    Star Wars

    ★★★★½

    There's not much new to be said about one of the best sci-fi action adventure flicks of all time. Quippy dialog and hammy acting rooted in the classic mid-20th century sci-fi serials, a fast-moving story, rousing music and spectacular special effects all combine in a nearly flawless way for the cinematic experience of a lifetime. The film industry has changed quite a bit since then in terms of visual technique and digital effects, but the basic storytelling really doesn't get…