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  • Roma

    Roma

    ★★★★★

    A beautiful and moving film, "Roma" combines technical expertise and a deeply personal story in a way that seems seamless, effortless and natural. The film's universe swirls like a languorous but irresistible vortex around the person of Cleo, a country girl working as a housekeeper for an upper-class family in 1971 Mexico City. Hardworking and beloved but sometimes taken for granted, Cleo is patterned after Liboria “Libo” Rodríguez, the Mixtec woman who began working for Cuarón's family when he was…

  • Jane

    Jane

    ★★★★

    When I was twelve years old I remember seeing a photo of a pretty blond woman surrounded by chimps on the cover of National Geographic. By the time that issue appeared in late 1965 she was already well-known in anthropological circles, having been enlisted by Louis Leakey to study these elusive primates with the hope of learning something about the development in early man. She had no college degree at the time, coming to the job with no preconceptions, simply…

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  • 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…

  • The Seventh Seal

    The Seventh Seal

    ★★★★★

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