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  • Brother Bajrangi

    Brother Bajrangi

    ★★★★★

    A mute 6-year-old girl from a Pakistani village gets accidentally separated from her mother on their return from a trip to India. Stranded in India, she meets Pawan - an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman - who tries to discover the girl's parents. The obstacles are seemingly insurmountable, beginning with the fact that they are a long way from Pakistan and so no one would ever guess she isn't Indian. However, Pawan is what the girl's parents, unable to get…

  • Amar Akbar Anthony

    Amar Akbar Anthony

    ★★½

    It was fascinating to see Amitabh Bachchan as a young man (and wow does his son resemble him!), and to see so many of the Indian film elements we know from modern times as they were used 40 years ago.

    It was complicated and the transitions could be very abrupt so we were often confused and had to talk over plot elements that one may have grasped which eluded the rest of us. Still we followed it fairly well and…

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  • Howl's Moving Castle

    Howl's Moving Castle

    ★★★★

    19-year-old Sophie has resigned herself to a drab life in her family's hat shop ... until she is cursed by an evil witch to have an 90-year-old body. She leaves home and goes searching for a way to break the spell. In the countryside she comes upon Howl's strange moving castle which walks about on large chicken legs.

    Howl is the young wizard who owns the castle and Sophie soon becomes part of the household as the housekeeper. As she…

  • Colossal

    Colossal

    ★★★★★

    Impossible to describe without spoiling, this is one of my favorite movies this year. Halfway through it suddenly becomes something different than you signed on for in a way that is disturbing, revelatory, and - by the end - ultimately completely satisfying.