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  • Tokyo Story

    Tokyo Story

    ★★★★

    Children grow up and have their own lives. Parents grow old and die. These simple concepts are explored quite intimately in Tokyo Story, Yasujiro Ozu's celebrated film. The transience of these familial relationships is echoed constantly throughout the film via still-framed shots of trains, boats, and lines of school children passing across the screen, the camera refusing to follow them.

    This is a treasured relic of Japanese cinema, so I am loathe to critique it overmuch. I will just say…

  • Cold War

    Cold War

    ★★★★

    Two Hearts and Four Dark Eyes:
    My mother forbade me to love the boy
    But I will throw my arms around him
    I will love him 'til the day I die
    I will love him 'til the day I die

    A heartbreaking love story spanning the decades immediately following WW2, set in a Poland that is rapidly transforming into a brutal Soviet-controlled regime. It starts out a bit sketchy, in that the relationship is between a teacher and a (presumably…

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  • If Beale Street Could Talk

    If Beale Street Could Talk

    ★★★★½

    Remember it was love that got you here. You trusted it this far. Trust it all the way. 

    I didn’t really connect with Barry Jenkins’ last film, the critically acclaimed Oscar-winning Moonlight. I watched it at home on a TV, long after all the buzz had died down. I took a couple of breaks when I got distracted, drifted off to sleep, and picked up where I left off the next day. And at the end, I didn’t think it…

  • Ralph Breaks the Internet

    Ralph Breaks the Internet

    ★★★★

    A man named Ralph and his female life partner get a little bored with the routine and decide to do some exploring together online. The girl is surprised to discover she prefers the company of an aggressive and dangerous leather-clad woman who likes to move fast. Will she abandon her relationship with boring homebody Ralph for an exciting new alternative lifestyle?  And how will they manage to keep it all rated PG?  Find out in Ralph Breaks the Internet, in theaters now.