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Jesse_Wroe has written 3 reviews for films during 2016.

  • Come and See

    Come and See

    ★★★★½

    This isn't just a war movie, whether in the sense of dramatized military combat or life during wartime. But this setting is important, not just historically, but emotionally. A teenage boy's life goes from innocence to hell after his village is shelled by Nazi aircraft and he's conscripted into a partisan troop to fight off the invasion. He gets the worst kind of reality check, which blasts him with guilt before he's lived enough to hurt anybody. Then things get…

  • Black Narcissus

    Black Narcissus

    ★★★★

    This movie is gorgeous, dated yet endearing, and intriguing from beginning to end. I loved Deborah Kerr and Kathleen Byron (they looked really, really pretty as nuns). In fact, all the actresses, even at their silliest, were excellent. For 1947, the quality of the film is stellar.

  • Silence

    Silence

    ★★

    Right story, wrong movie. The English-speaking actors are horrible, which is the worst thing to have for a character-driven tale. The music was clever and excellent, the cinematography was great, the plot is an outline for an excellent movie, but the whole thing is flat. However, if strange performances are your thing, watch the movie from the scene in which actor Tetsurō Tamba (Zero Woman: Red Handcuffs, Three Outlaw Samurai) appears to the end. His back-and-forth with the lead, played…