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  • A Touch of Sin

    A Touch of Sin

    ★★★★

    "I'll smother you in money."

    A horse is cruelly whipped. A way of life is crumbling. A man enjoys money he doesn't deserve. Women are comdified. Men are bought off or knocked off. And the government is nearly invisible. As a result, four individuals are backed up against a wall, and they have little recourse but to shed blood.

    Jia Zhang-Ke's "A Touch of Sin" is at once a sprawling and intimate portrait of a society on the brink. Plagued by…

  • Porco Rosso

    Porco Rosso

    ★★★★

    I’d much rather be a pig than a fascist.”

     Porco Rosso is reminiscent of Casablanca, with an exiled hero who claims no allegiance to king or country but to the spirit of freedom. In one scene, Porco can be seen standing on the steps above the bar like Humphrey Bogart at Rick’s Cafe. He even has a would be flame and romantic rival.

    But comparisons to Casablanca only go so far. The heart of Rosso is closer to that of The…

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  • First Love

    First Love

    ★★★★

    Miike manages to wrap things up here tightly, and with some genuine sweetness. A very pleasant surprise.

  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★½

    Everything we are, everything we have, it’s all in front of us, and it might have to be enough.

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  • Ad Astra

    Ad Astra

    ★★★★½

    Sublime.

  • First Reformed

    First Reformed

    ★★★★½

    Will god forgive us for what the Oscars have done?