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  • The Passion of Joan of Arc

    The Passion of Joan of Arc

    ★★★★

    The Passion of Joan of Arc hardly seems like a movie that's creeping toward being a century old. It is at once strikingly modern but also seems like an artifact, as if it was really created during the life of Joan of Arc. A film as timeless as this is a rare thing.

    The film recounts the trial and execution of Joan of Arc and does so in a manner that is both eerily stark and emotionally opulent. Falconetti's acting…

  • The Fountain

    The Fountain

    ★★½

    The Fountain is about love, peace, obsession, myth, and beauty in death. If that sounds like a lot for one movie to handle, it was. I'm not really sure that Aronofsky was the man to take the project on.

    Basically, the film is about a neurosurgeon named Tom Creo who races to find a cure for brain cancer while his wife, Izzi, is dying from it. Meanwhile, Izzi writes a novel about a sixteenth century conquistador named Tomas who searches…

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  • Call Me by Your Name

    Call Me by Your Name

    ★½

    Ohhh boy. Here we go. I wanted to like this movie. I thought that I'd love it. I thought it would be a modern-day A Room with a View (which happens to be one of my very favorite films (and I was so thrilled to see that the screenplay was written by James Ivory himself!)). I wanted a movie about love and beauty and art and pain. And, for the entire film, I tried to convince myself that it was,…

  • Black Panther

    Black Panther

    ★★★½

    Kenneth Branagh might have tried to tackle Hamlet in making Thor, but Black Panther is far more Shakespearian than Thor ever could be. It’s the King Lear of the Marvel universe. And it’s awesome.

    The film starts off simply. T’Challa, the new king of the El Dorado-esque kingdom Wakanda, attempts to track down a man who had stolen a significant amount of the nation’s Vibranium in the near past. In doing so, via a chain of events he and the…