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  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Chungking Express
  • Amadeus
  • The Cremator

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  • Hovering Over the Water

    ★★★

  • Turning Red

    ★★★

  • Jungle Cruise

    ★★

  • Spider-Man: No Way Home

    ★★★

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  • Hovering Over the Water

    Hovering Over the Water

    ★★★

    This movie takes you to the Algarve coast in Portugal, when a widow from Rome vacations there with family. One day, she meets a shipwrecked American while sunbathing on the beach. After welcoming this American into her home, they begin a romantic tension and he slowly becomes a part of her and her family members' lives.

    Hovering Over the Water is a slow and poetic film, sometimes literally so as the characters recite poetry. The camera will linger over long…

  • Turning Red

    Turning Red

    ★★★

    I really wanted to like this more, but I think I can just appreciate it. I'm happy that Disney is putting out a movie for young girls. I like how explicitly it talks about periods. I like how genuinely it deals with Chinese-Canadian identity. I like how it deals with parent-child relationships. But at the end of the day, even though I would want my kids to see this movie (I think, I'm far from being a parent), I couldn't…

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  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

    ★★★

    Marvel Marathon: Part 25

    Marvel said: "you know what we haven't done yet? Dragons and martial arts". That glaring omission from the MCU that includes every type fantasy trope imaginable has now been filmed. And honestly? A welcome addition. They also seemed to have figured out how to film action sequences without cutting so often that you can't see what is going on, which is good. I loved the scaffolding fight. Overall, really good for the first two-thirds or so,…

  • Winter Sleep

    Winter Sleep

    ★★★★½

    Winter Sleep is based on three of the most realistic characters I've ever seen emotionally abusing each other for three hours straight. Tensions rise when three wealthy individuals: a landlord/writer/hotel owner, his young wife, and his recently divorced sister are stuck in their house in rural Turkey. On the surface, their lives may seem ideal to those around them. They certainly have no shortage of money, despite living in a relatively poor area. Yet their unrelenting boredom results in all…