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  • CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion

    CinemAbility: The Art of Inclusion

    ★★★★

    A clear and entertaining overview of the history of disability on the big and small screen, finishing with thoughts from both disabled and able-bodied members of the film and television industry on the state of things and perhaps the future of them. 

    Writer, director, and producer Jenni Gold introduced her film by explaining how important it was for the documentary to be easy to watch, and it shows. CinemAbility moves quickly, is a delight for the eyes for film lovers,…

  • Princess Mononoke

    Princess Mononoke

    ★★★★★

    Princess Mononoke stands proudly on its ever-more-urgent exploration of humankind’s conflict with nature, showcasing through fantasy all that we don’t realize our own greed steals from us. (As a villager expresses after the crisis has passed, “Huh, I didn't know the Forest Spirit made the flowers grow.”)

    But there’s still more here. Two revolutionary women clash; they each know down to the bone what they are fighting for. Our boy warrior’s strongest gift is being deeply in touch with and…

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  • The Prisoner of Zenda

    The Prisoner of Zenda

    ★★★★

    “Could you still love me if I were not the king?”
    “In my heart there is no king, no crown.
    Only you.”

    Not one, but two Ronald Colmans in this film, and the sparkle in Madeleine Carroll’s eye still walked away with my heart.

  • A Canterbury Tale

    A Canterbury Tale

    ★★★★½

    How quietly and carefully such a moving and complete finale is developed and delivered! A Canterbury Tale has, on both my viewings, left me with an unusually strong feeling of its two hours having been well worth watching.

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  • Contagion

    Contagion

    ★★★½

    The very quality for which people criticize this film - its detachment, its lack of big moments for the actors, its cool pacing - is exactly what makes the film work. It is that lack of sentimentalism (along with the extended shots of snotty hands on door handles and elevator buttons) which lets film creep up on you for weeks after you see it.

    I would also like to applaud the abundant representation of capable, unobjectified women scientists in this film.

  • Cloud Atlas

    Cloud Atlas

    ★★★★

    What a beautiful, courageous, glorious mess. This is the kind of film I wish would be made more often. I loved it, and I am sure it only gets better with more viewings. This film won't be soon forgotten.