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  • Troll

    ★★

  • Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons

    ★★½

  • The Hand

    ★★★

  • The Swordsman

    ★★½

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  • Black Widow

    Black Widow

    ★★½

    Black Widow, and most other fighting women in Marvel movies, consistently do one move that men almost rarely replicate: the leg wrap around the opponent's neck for the takedown.

    For starters, it degrounds the women, making them appear "weaker"--men are always grounded, unable to lose control of their physical situation. The women have to leave the ground in nearly every choreographed fight scene, losing said control.

    It's so brazenly and damingly sexual. The female genital area so near the opponent's…

  • Cirkus Columbia

    Cirkus Columbia

    ★★★★★

    Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanović’s Cirkus Columbia is one of those hidden gems of modern Eastern European cinema that, had it been made in English, it would have been a serious contender for multiple major categories at the Academy Awards. Unfortunately, its limited Bosnian audience has, for the most part, confined the title to relative obscurity.

    Though it is set in Herzegovina in 1991, just after the dissolution of communist Yugoslavia and overlapping with the Yugoslav Wars, Bosnian politics are part…

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  • Paper Lives

    Paper Lives

    ★★★½

    I watched this film just a few hours after receiving the news that a close family member of mine most likely has cancer. And while there are still some medical uncertainties surrounding the situation of my family member, I was completely emotionally unprepared for Paper Lives and the pain-filled performance of Çağatay Ulusoy as Mehmet, a sickly and dying man saving for an organ transplant by collecting and selling trash on the streets of Istanbul who becomes a father figure…

  • Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

    ★★★★½

    If the last one was timed perfectly with a Trump presidency Thanksgiving, this one is timed perfectly with Elon Musk's destruction of Twitter.

    Full review here.