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Dark Blood (Berlinale)

In 1993, director George Sluizer ended production of his film, Dark Blood, when the lead actor died unexpectedly. I’m too young to have much to say about River Phoenix. I was five when he died, and I don’t remember the media rampage that followed. I grew up knowing him as the rough kid in Stand Read More
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This Must Be the Place

Paolo Sorrentino’s This Must Be the Place is a film I love so much I cannot even begin to put into words why. If someone were to ask me to make a list of films that are the reason why I love film, this would surely be on it. This movie as unique as a Read More
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Stories We Tell

“Every family has a story.” Canadian actor and director Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Take This Waltz) lost her mom, Diane, to cancer in 1990. In Stories We Tell, her quietly spectacular documentary, she sits with her family and friends and asks them to “tell the whole story [about Diane], from start to finish.” The Read More
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In perhaps the most definitive image of Wadjda, the titular 10-year-old girl’s bright, zealous eyes track a green bicycle as it appears to glide across the top of a stone wall alongside a dusty road, riderless, like a vision of happiness. Her eyes reveal her spirit: she’s driven, uncompromising, courageous, brazen, and full of big Read More
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The Tree of Life

From the acclaimed director Terrence Malick comes The Tree of Life, an artistic and profound film about the meaning of life centering on a normal and rather insignificant family of the Midwest. The film forgoes traditional narrative in favor of a visual opus that even Stanley Kubrick himself would appreciate. The best thing you could Read More
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127 Hours

127 Hours is the motivational film of the year that proves nature is unforgiving and shows the powerful strength in human determination. Even with the storyline being very basic, it is still captivating enough to not only keep your attention but also make it memorable. James Franco gives it his all with his performance, setting Read More
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Your Sister’s Sister

Having liked Lynn Shelton’s previous feature, Humpday, I was anxious to see if she could duplicate her efforts in Your Sister’s Sister. I will tell you right now, she does just that and then some. Shelton’s greatest achievement here is taking simple conventional situations and making them into complex and extraordinary without sacrificing believability. It Read More
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Short Term 12

It’s become fashionable over the past few months to shower Destin Cretton’s (I’m Not a Hipster) social worker drama, Short Term 12 (a veritable Sundance phenom), with buckets of adulation. It deserves every drop—this is a supreme effort for a young filmmaker, and one of the most emotionally impactful films of the year. Expanded from Read More
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Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Werner Herzog chops up and rearranges footage from a Russian television documentary about Bakhtia, a remote Siberian village on the Yenisei river, and provides his signature lyrical narration that elevates the footage into a moving examination of strength, liberation, and friendship (of the man/dog variety.) It’s a film about a people with a deep Read More
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Steve McQueen’s Hunger is based on real events on the huge battle between the Irish Republican Army and the British Government which ultimately led to a hunger strike in 1981. Michael Fassbender’s performance is easily his best to date as one of the leads. This art-house film is an enigma; it is brutally violent which Read More