The Witch: Performances Outpace Plot

The Witch is a horror period piece that follows a religious family that has been exiled from their puritan community and into the woods to survive on their own. As they struggle to find food and resources, the family is…

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Hacksaw Ridge’s Accurate Portrayal of the Battlefield Cannot Overcome Its Plainness

Hacksaw Ridge is a film based on the true story of Desmond T. Doss, a Christian army medic during WWII who, despite refusing to even touch weapons, saved 75 men during the Battle of Okinawa without firing a single shot….

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Her: Love in the Age of Technology

“You know it’s..hard for sure. But there’s something that feels so good about sharing your life with somebody.” Her is a brilliant cinematic treatise on love in the age of technology and how human interaction has been affected as a…

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Metropolis: A Masterpiece Ahead of Its Time

Image: F.W. Murnau Foundation

“Head and hands require a mediator. The mediator between the head and hands must be the heart.” Metropolis is a futuristic city, ruled by its wealthy creater Joh Fredersen (Alfred Abel). His son Freder (Gustav Fröhlich) discovers the underground dwelling…

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The Best Films of 2016

Each year, I try to watch, at minimum 40 films, during the calendar year and rank them in the order from best to worst based on my opinion. I do this because: I love film So that readers of this…

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The Bridge on the River Kwai Shows How Pride and Misplaced Sense of Duty Can Lead to Peril

The Bridge on the River Kwai is director David Lean’s classic 1957 World War II epic set in a Japanese POW camp in Burma. The camp is overseen by Colonel Saito (Sessue Hayakawa) of the Japanese army. Colonel Saito is…

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