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  • Much Loved

    Much Loved

    ★★★

    In this superbly acted, and confrontational drama Much Loved, director Nabil Ayouch focuses on the lives of prostitutes in the busy streets of Marrakech. Ayouch has utilized the inevitable dramatic purpose of his story: what it’s like to be a prostitute in a largely Muslim country. However, Much Loved never goes deep in terms of its characters’ psyche and their relationship to the world they’re living in. The film stays on the surface-level aspect of poverty, discrimination, desperation, and sex…

  • Love, Simon

    Love, Simon

    ★★★½

    Mainstream gay culture gets a decent Hollywood tribute with this open-hearted, satisfying film in Greg Berlanti’s Love, Simon. It is refreshing to witness stories such as this as opposed to the films that we always see about LGBT that are realism-driven, and about suffering (which are all great films, btw). It achieves a fairy tale happy ending and that’s the purpose. It relays that the gay experience of falling in love is also a universal experience regardless of their specific…

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  • Whiplash

    Whiplash

    ★★★★½

    Damien Chazelle's smashing, adrenaline-fueled, electrifying drama is bloody exhilarating to watch as it is uncomfortably compelling. Chazelle is surely one of the up and coming directors we need to watch out for. His youthful, energetic, intense direction is felt on screen and it's mind-blowing. The film follows a young jazz drummer and his quest to be the best among the rest in a prestigious music conservatory.

    This film reminds me of Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, and Black Swan, as their…

  • Force Majeure

    Force Majeure

    ★★★★

    Ruben Östlund's sophisticated, wickedly funny, and intriguing dissection of masculinity, gender roles, marriage, and relationships is irresistibly alive, uncomfortable, yet absolutely clever. Östlund's psychodrama follows a couple and their kids in a ski vacation somewhere in France, but the couple's relationship is severely tested by an avalanche that will trigger their inner demons, as well examine their moral dilemmas.

    It's like Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf with special participation of Haneke's cold precision. Ostlund…