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  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★★

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    In Pawel Pawlikowski's brilliant follow up to Ida (2013), “Cold War” is a stunningly beautiful musical romance that is an ode to people rebuilding themselves and finding their place in the world. Led by the incessant need to be together despite borders and customs, Joanna Kulig (Zula) and Tomasz Kot (Wiktor) are perfectly in sync with their love for one another and their music, and that nothing will keep them separated. Their journey through Europe is masterfully captured as the…

  • Glass

    Glass

    ★★½

    Keeping this one short:

    I was never a huge fan of Unbreakable or Split, both fine movies, but never thought of them as groundbreaking. As for Glass, the more I think about it the less sense it makes. The entire premise of the film and speically Sarah Paulson's character (Dr. Ellie Stapley) are bizarre. A doctor that specializes in "people who think they're comic book superheroes", like really? And the writing gets less and less cohesive and more cornball as…

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  • Harakiri

    Harakiri

    ★★★★★

    Simply perfection. Masaki Kobayashi's "Harakiri" (1962) is narrative genius led by a ensnaring performance from one of Japan's greatest leading men, Tatsuya Nakadai (Hanshiro Tsugumo). The depths of the narrative are fully and wholeheartedly felt and what's leftover, in the case of Tsugomo's character, is pure heartbreak while holding onto this fighting spirit that represents the strength of the Samurai. It's an all encompassing look at Japan transitioning out of the medieval era and into the early modern era where…

  • Short Term 12

    Short Term 12

    ★★★★

    "Short Term 12" is an inner exploration of the unexplainable nature and a lack of understanding of life. The script is shrouded in underhanded meanings and each character feels like a ticking time bomb, even the ones that have it seemingly figured out. The film, from its perfectly written and executed opening scene, sets the tone for an experience that doesn't follow any given path but ventures off down a number of different paths set out by these diverse characters.…