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  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

    ★★★★★

    The colors are gorgeous, and the ending, a bittersweet gut punch.

  • Miracle Mile

    Miracle Mile

    ★★★★★

    Obviously a favorite. I just watched it two weeks ago.

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  • White Material

    White Material

    ★★★★★

    Haunting look at one woman’s obsessive drive to hold on to the life she’s built as it slowly slips through her fingers.

    Masterfully told by director Claire Denis, who shows us the unfortunately dire outcome of the story first, and then, in flashbacks, forces us to watch, almost helplessly, as Isabelle Huppert fights tooth and nail to keep her coffee plantation and her family from being swallowed up by an African country in turmoil.

    The last few shots are absolutely…

  • Birth of the Dragon

    Birth of the Dragon

    ★★

    Me, during the first 20 minutes: "Why is Bruce Lee such a dick?"

    Me, about 20 minutes later: "Okay, now I understand why Bruce Lee is such a dick. He's young, and brash, and will learn humility in the end."

    Me, at the end of the movie: "Why is Bruce Lee still such a dick?"

    And finally, me throughout the entire movie: "Where's Bruce Lee? It's like he's a supporting character in his own movie."