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  • Girls Always Happy

    Girls Always Happy

    ★★★★½

    For her feature-length debut Yang Mingming calls upon her own experiences growing up in the hutongs of Beijing with her mother and converts them into a robust, sincere portrait of the complexities of a mother/daughter relationship; the highs as well as the lows, both presented with affection and honesty as Yang impresses thoroughly across a number of roles – writer, director, actor, and editor. Perhaps, the most impressive aspect of this film is the fact that it is her debut.…

  • Möbius

    Möbius

    ★★★★

    Writer/director Sam Kuhn seems to have an affinity for the forest; seeing it as a miraculous space, beckoning those to enter and explore, enticing any and all with the allure of some fantastical quest or an objective that will reveal one or two illuminating truths or, at the very least, the promise of respite from the day-to-day trivialities life has to offer.

    This is where Kuhn tends to turn his imagination and he does so again with his latest short…

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  • The Royal Tenenbaums

    The Royal Tenenbaums

    ★★★★★

    Often times certain films hold a special place in my heart, as I am sure the same can be said of almost everyone else. My memory of The Royal Tenenbaums involves a group of friends driving one hour (both ways) to Baltimore to catch it at the Charles Theater. At the time, that was the only way to see Wes Anderson’s newest film, since growing up in a small town in Pennsylvania, one did not have the opportunity to see…

  • Au Hasard Balthazar

    Au Hasard Balthazar

    ★★

    Robert Bresson has an insane 7 films on the Sight and Sound list.

    Now, I may or may not possess the Malick gene, the jury is still out, but having watched two Bressons now (this and Pickpocket) I'm almost certain I do not possess a Bresson gene.

    Maybe...completely devoid of the Bresson gene.

    This is, without a doubt, the main director that is so critically praised and universally loved and I cannot, for the life of me, understand why. To…