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  • Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist

    Paul Robeson: Tribute to an Artist

    ★★★★★

    This four-disc collection was a beast to get through, but as it went along I got to watch Robeson bloom as an artist and activist in a way that was thrilling and empowering. The fact that Paul Robeson has been erased in large part from American history is shameful, because he gave so much of himself and his life to great causes. While I may never revisit difficult-to-view movies in this collection like "The Emperor Jones" and "Borderline," I will surely return to "Jericho," and "The Proud Valley," and "Native Land" will be required viewing for my children and theirs.

  • Topsy-Turvy

    Topsy-Turvy

    ★★★

    I'm not entirely sure what to make of this film. There were funny parts, uncomfortable parts, depressing parts - on the one hand, I liked getting to know some of the lead actors a bit better, but on the other we were really only getting shards of who they were, so I feel like this was a really really long film that felt a bit disjointed and incomplete.

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  • Cléo from 5 to 7

    Cléo from 5 to 7

    ★★★★½

    Lovely, funny, tender and melancholy.

  • An Angel at My Table

    An Angel at My Table

    ★★★★★

    What a fabulous movie! As a story about a life should, it contained joy, mundaneness, devastation, new experiences and all sorts in between. Janet Frame is lovable, pitiable, brilliant and - perhaps above all - a survivor.