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  • The Ritual

    The Ritual

    ★★★★½

    In what could be a metaphor for self-flagellation perpetuated by chronic guilt, or our relationship with (self constructed?) gods that is often built on fear and where we are to be taunted constantly by our sins: the protagonist keeps descending deeper into a hellish forest, despite all signs to take a turn back. The forest is inhibited by an evil demiurge-ish god, who sadistically taunts him, sometimes by quite literally replaying the scene of his 'sin'. The script smartly chooses…

  • Autumn Sonata

    Autumn Sonata

    ★★★★½

    "A mother and a daughter–what a terrible combination of feelings and confusion and destruction. Everything is possible and everything is done in the name of love and solicitude. The mother’s injuries are to be handed down to the daughter, the mother’s disappointments are to be paid for by the daughter, the mother’s unhappiness is to be the daughter’s unhappiness. It’s as if the umbilical cord had never been cut. The daughter's misfortune is the mother's triumph. The daughter’s grief is the mother’s secret pleasure."

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  • The Girl on the Train

    The Girl on the Train

    ★★★

    I would love to see the film Emily Blunt thought she was making. It's a depressing thought such a performance is forever attached to this abomination of a film.

  • Lion

    Lion

    ★★★★½

    I sobbed. I can't believe how much I loved this. It punches right in the guts. I was blown away by Priyanka Bose who gives one of the year's best female performances. She will definitely make my personal ballot. I'm sad Sunny Pawar isn't getting the attention Tremblay got last year because what a revelation. He solely carried the first hour of the film. Kidman gives a very heartfelt performance and reminds me yet again why she's one of cinema's…