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  • Omkara

    Omkara

    ★★★★★

    A simply wonderful Indian version of Othello. Not only is the film faithful to the story and to the Indian environment, but the acting, shots and production were arresting. I'm thinking especially of a particular shot in the rain in front of the train and, of course, that last shot. This is a director I will be looking for more from ... and am delighted to know he's got two more Shakespeare adaptations for me to see.

  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

    Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

    Wow ... incredibly slight, way too long, and way too soft. 13 year old girls all over India must have loved this.

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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.