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  • Roman Holiday
  • Casablanca
  • Chinatown
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark

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  • Violet

    ★★★

  • The Souvenir: Part II

    ★★

  • Mass

    ★★★½

  • Parallel Mothers

    ★★★★

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  • Violet

    Violet

    ★★★

    In her directorial debut, TV actor Justine Bateman gives us the story of a 32-year old film executive (Olivia Munn) who makes all her life and career decisions based on the crushing fear of doing the wrong thing. The devices used—the constant voice-over of the titular Violet's doom-spewing inner voice, her true thoughts spelt out for us via super-imposed text, and flashback glimpses to her childhood—should reduce this picture to a highfalutin gimmick movie. But Munn (and Bateman) somehow manage a central performance that shines through and enhances the external to create a dimensional character full of mystery and ultimately empathy.

  • The Souvenir: Part II

    The Souvenir: Part II

    The second part of Hogg’s portrait of the artist as a privileged young woman leaves behind the tragic element, which gave The Souvenir a modicum of depth, to focus on the difficulties of transforming one's life experience into pretentious, solipsistic art.

    One of the only subjects less interesting than the life of a film student is the life of a wealthy film student.

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  • Julia

    Julia

    ★★★

    While they don't provide insights or revelations not found in the many existing books and specials about America's pioneering TV chef, Cohen and West create both an intriguing portrait for those unfamiliar with Julia Child and a well-rounded tribute for those of us who remember her fondly.

  • Bergman Island

    Bergman Island

    ★★★

    Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth play a filmmaking couple summering on Sweden’s Fårö Island, where Ingmar Bergman lived and shot many of his most celebrated works, in another deceptively light picture from Mia Hansen-Løve that explores the subtle dynamics present in relationships between creative professionals.