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  • Ghost in the Shell

    Ghost in the Shell

    ★★★★★

    Mamoru Oshii's Ghost in the Shell might be the most distinctly cyberpunk movie out there. Exploring a world where cybernetic integration with the human body is commonplace, Oshii guides the audience through a maze of philosophy and brilliant visuals. While Section 9 shines in other media, Oshii's first film is mostly about Motoko, the Major. Motoko is distant and reticent yet insightful and an accessible template for the human experience. As the only cyborg in Section 9 with a completely…

  • Akira

    Akira

    ★★★★★

    One of the most ambitious stories ever put to film, Akira is unmatched in nearly every way. It's stunningly original in its visual design, storytelling, and fully-realized world. Akira pushed animation forward boldly and without compromise. Katsuhiro Otomo's masterpiece is cel animation at its very finest and cyberpunk at its wildest and most provocative.

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★★

    Jazz is not dead - Damien Chazelle brought it back to life. In only 107 minutes, the man shows an intense passion for jazz, directs two of the most invigorating performances in recent years, and makes a directorial splash that hardly anyone can match. Whiplash made history, and it will make your head spin.

  • La La Land

    La La Land

    ★★★★½

    La La Land is inventive in a way that few films manage to be. At its core, La La Land is a compelling drama about two talented, driven people who develop a relationship while striving to realize their dreams. With Damien Chazelle's direction, however, the film becomes something truly special. Sprawling musical numbers and a distinct 1960s style elevate La La Land and are accompanied by surprisingly raw dialogue and emotion. The original songs performed by Emma Stone and Ryan…