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  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

    ★★★

    In the 14 years since the release of the original PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, the universe of the series has expanded significantly. What started off as a fun, swashbuckling summer action romp, has become a multi-billion dollar franchise that has produced five films of increasingly bloated run times and ever more outlandish scenarios.

    It’s all based, of course, on the classic Disney ride of the same name – a relatively simple construct from which the myriad plots have been extrapolated.…

  • Mysterious Object at Noon

    Mysterious Object at Noon

    ★★★★

    Apichatpong Weerasethakul's debut feature both presages his work to come, and is unlike anything else he has ever done. Yet that is something of a Weerasethakul hallmark - that unknowable "otherness" that sets his films apart. They are unclassifiable, mystifying, and ultimately enchanting works of art that seem to exist on their own plane of reality.

    In MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON, Weerasethakul (or Joe, as he is affectionately known) blends reality and fantasy in a game of exquisite corpse that…

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  • American Sniper

    American Sniper

    ★★★★½

    Clint Eastwood is perhaps one of the most quintessentially American directors, so it is no surprise that he chose to tackle such a quintessential story of American heroism, in the form of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL credited with being the deadliest sniper in US history. In the process, Eastwood delivers his finest film since GRAN TORINO, and one of the very best films yet to deal with the Iraq war. He presents us with a man who represents the…

  • The Way He Looks

    The Way He Looks

    ★★★★½

    Blind teenager Leo and Giovana are the best of friends and constant companions. But when handsome stranger Gabriel moves to town, his presence threatens to come between them, as Leo finds himself more and more romantically drawn to Gabriel in ways he never thought possible. A tender and beautiful coming of age tale that perfectly captures teenage romantic angst and sexual awakening in a very real and honest way. Sensual without feeling exploitative, THE WAY HE LOOKS is a wonderful film, a truly touching love story that captures growing up in all of its messy, awkward, sometimes painful beauty.