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  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Nights of Cabiria
  • The Muppet Movie
  • The Third Man

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  • Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

    ★★★★½

  • Coming 2 America

    ★★★

  • Coming to America

    ★★★★

  • Cruella

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  • Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

    Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

    ★★★★½

    FIRST THOUGHTS:
    An incredibly lovely and surprisingly charming film exploring the tension between modernity and tradition in Bhutan. The film’s central character is given a really wonderful arc for us to follow as he begins to confront his own selfishness and starts to make connections, looking after the well-being of his students rather than his own desires. Connection becomes central to the film - the connections between individuals, karmic connections, connections between the people and the land - and they…

  • Coming 2 America

    Coming 2 America

    ★★★

    FIRST THOUGHTS:
    With all of the negative reviews floating around about this, it was nice to have enjoyed this way more than I expected to. The cast is delightful, and it continues to be refreshing to see the ways that these two films attempt to challenge sexism and patriarchal institutions. There are also some really compelling ideas about the ways that, if we aren’t careful, we can so easily fall into the same patterns and habits if of our parents…

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  • The Dress

    The Dress

    ★★

    FIRST THOUGHTS:
    There are some lovely moments and bits of poetic beauty to be found in this piece, and the lead actress is really phenomenal. But like so many shorts - especially ones that get shortlisted or nominated for the Oscar - there’s a needless cruelty in the suffering that the filmmaker inflicts on his protagonist. And the film seems to be so set on showing how miserable her life is and how unhappy she is in her own body that I don’t think it’s as progressive and thoughtful as it thinks its being.

  • Found

    Found

    ★½

    FIRST THOUGHTS:
    There are things about this film that are fantastic, things that make it one of your standard feel-good documentaries, and things that make it one of the more ethically dubious docs I’ve seen this year. The first third plays as your standard heart-warming, character-based documentary. There are great, candid interviews with everyone, and it’s really honest about the experiences of these three teenage girls growing up as the adopted children in whites families. The second third is the…