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  • Eternity and a Day
  • Where Is My Friend's House?
  • The Conformist
  • Upstream Color

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  • Licorice Pizza

  • Hardcore

  • Make Way for Tomorrow

    ★★★★★

  • The Tree of Life

    ★★★★★

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  • Cries and Whispers

    Cries and Whispers

    ★★★★★

    You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest commandment.

    And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.

    That last bit there, the part about loving the people around you, is the hardest part. Commitment to ideas and to what is perfect, that's one thing. Commitment to broken people, to people who hate you, and to the ones who are painfully…

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  • Licorice Pizza

    Licorice Pizza

    If all the skill and obsession of Bernardo Bertolucci had been born into an American, he might have grown to be something like Paul Thomas Anderson, Patron Saint of Unquiet Desperation. 

    Licorice Pizza is a two hour crash course in how to hold on loosely. Why bother delineating the dichotomy between nature and nurture’s formative hands when you can strike a fiery rush that’s as vivid as your protagonists’ point of view is trembly?

    Some films defy writeups by wallowing…

  • Hardcore

    Hardcore

    Genuine devotion.

    You can’t be born into it. You have to suffer.

    As the credits rolled on Hardcore, I was reminded of the vivid death of Dr. Tyrell in Blade Runner. I felt that it was my eyes and Paul Schrader’s hands left unclean. It’s high time to work through the guy’s body of work, and I hope he chills out, but I don’t know man…

    That Schrader’s direction here should be so empty of frills and consequently matter-of-fact in depicting…

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  • Gnomeo & Juliet

    Gnomeo & Juliet

    ★★★

    It's a movie called Gnomeo & Juliet. Not sure what else a person could expect.

  • Murmur of the Heart

    Murmur of the Heart

    ★★★★½

    There’s no childhood anymore.

    Google "coming of age movies" and you will likely come across such films as Rebel Without A Cause, The Breakfast Club, and The Spectacular Now. Nothing wrong with those movies; in fact, some of them hold very special places in my heart. I assure you, none of those films could have prepared me for this, Murmur of the Heart.

    Director Louis Malle has here constructed the telling of one boy's journey out of adolescence and into…