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  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    LA LA LAND is magic. Tears beginning to end, it's a beautiful ode to dreams, movies, and love. As sharp as Whiplash, only much happier.

  • Growth

    Growth

    ★★★★

    Everyday people & situations beautifully captured from a bird's eye view to shine new life into our surroundings. Its striking visuals are matched by playful interview snippets from dozens of subjects from all ages & backgrounds, each offering unique wisdom to identify with. It's a concept that might get tired as a feature, but as a short it's a great little documentary that packs a ton of clever concepts. (Available online)

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  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?

    Why Don't You Play in Hell?

    ★★★★½

    Sion Sono’s newest film is his masterpiece. I say that every time he comes out with a movie, but this one is so special and personal that even Sono himself believes it, as every frame of this is completely imbued with his life and philosophy. The plot is about an explosively funny Yakuza rivalry that becomes documented by “The Fuck Bombers”, a young DIY film crew that’s based on Sono’s own filmmaking club from the 90’s. The main character is…

  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    ★★★★½

    I went into Cloud Atlas relatively blind. All I knew was that it was an insanely sprawling sci-fi epic from The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer, and that my favorite South Korean actress Bae Doona was going to co-star in it. I was a little hesitant on seeing it due to its divided response, but a friend convinced me to see it immediately. Because of its colossal ambition, the film took a while to grow on me, but once I was able…