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  • Capricorn One

    Capricorn One

    ★★★

    gaslighting america: the movie

  • The Burnt Theatre

    The Burnt Theatre

    ★★★½

    survivors of khmer rouge, living in their burnt theatre, use art to confront trauma. this moving piece of documentary fiction incorporates the performers' own experiences through a journalist's interviews. the burnt theatre, a powerful symbol, stands unrestored while a resort and casino rises next door. the film stresses the importance of culture and memory preserved by artists in the face of tragedy. the cast is very engaging, including two brothers at the heart of the film

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  • All That Heaven Allows

    All That Heaven Allows

    ★★★★½

    i braced myself for disappointment at the start of this vaunted classic i've been dodging for years-- but i needn't have worried. it seems that growing up in soulless white suburbia, reading thoreau as a kid and knowing there was something- anything- beyond the nightmare of bourgeois conformity was just preparing me for this moment. i'm still stunned at how hard it hit me. my parents never understood but sirk did, and long before i was born

  • The Quiet Man

    The Quiet Man

    ★★★★

    it's been 10 years or more since i last tried to watch this - and found it a garish mess of blatant stereotypes and macho posturing, condescending and far too sentimental. barry fitzgerald's character might as well be a leprechaun in this fairy tale place. certainly the charms of john wayne eluded me. but a dozen ford films and as many years later it's a completely different experience. the green world is a mythic plane - like monument valley or…