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  • Secrets & Lies

    Secrets & Lies

    ★★★★★

    Throughout this painful yet touching 1996 British family drama, director Mike Leigh demonstrates an understanding for what makes people tick. He gets their fears and foibles, their hurts and prejudices, their tendencies to hide uncomfortable truths from their loved ones, the struggles of both parents and children to connect, the way bottled up emotions can wreak havoc on a marriage. Quite simply, he gets people.

    It doesn’t matter whether that person is an accomplished mixed race optometrist named Hortense Cumberbatch…

  • 8½

    ★★★★★

    When the time came for Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini to follow up his 8th feature film, the highly acclaimed La Dolce Vita, he found himself with an extreme case of writer’s block. Rather than fight it, he embraced it and instead put it on film. The end result is one of the most fascinating, surreal, and frankly educational movies that blends reality with fantasy to immerse the viewer into the mind and creative process of a master artist. The main…

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  • A Quiet Place

    A Quiet Place

    ★★★★★

    Believe the hype, folks. A Quiet Place is one of the best acted, smartest written, remarkably family affirming, heart-wrenching, heart-stoppingly intense experiences you'll have at the movies. John Krasinski and Emily Blunt knocked this one out of the park.

    The strong family dynamics, precise and elaborate tension building, and intense emotional cost make John Krasinski's directorial effort much more than just another scary movie with cheap thrills. He makes us care deeply for every member of this family and their…

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    ★★★★★

    After a few previous at-home viewings, I finally got to see it in IMAX, which proved to me that this film was made to be seen on the biggest screen and biggest sound system possible. It was a stunning, joyous, transportive, visceral experience, as affecting to the ear as to the eye. It's hard to believe Kubrick made this 50 years ago. the genius of its filmmaking is decades ahead of its time and forever changed the medium.