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  • The Godfather
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Seven Samurai
  • Casablanca

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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    ★★★½

  • After Yang

    ★★★★½

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    ★★★★

  • The Bad Guys

    ★★★★

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  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    ★★★½

    While I knew that the 1954 Disney version was not the first, I was pleased to learn that there were actually two earlier versions from the silent era. I had seen the 14-minute 1907 fantasy by the immortal Georges Melies, but this more serious version from 1916 was a complete surprise. One of the earliest films from young British director Stuart Paton, it is longer (105 minutes), more expensive and somewhat more faithful to Jules Verne than the Melies film,…

  • After Yang

    After Yang

    ★★★★½

    This quiet sci-fi drama from director Kogonada is a stunning piece of work. It is a thoughtful film with a languid pace, one of those rare films that reaches beyond genre and will find a ready audience in those who enjoyed Tarkovsky's "Solaris" and "Stalker" or more recent works like "Another Earth," "Melancholia," or "Upstream Color."

    Jake and Kyra are the loving parents of Mika and Yang. Mika is an adopted Asian girl and Yang is a robotic older sibling…

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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…