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  • The Battle of the Century

    ★★★

  • Becky Sharp

    ★★★

  • Spiritual Constructions

    ★★★½

  • Hellbound Train

    ★★

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  • The Lost Daughter

    The Lost Daughter

    ★★★★

    "Dead? No, I'm alive actually."

    Based on the novel by Elena Ferrante, Maggie Gyllenhaal makes her feature debut as a director with The Lost Daughter.

    The real strength here is the lead actress: Olivia Colman. She plays Leda and the amazing Jessie Buckley plays a younger version of the character. They really do seem perfectly cast to play the same character.

    Colman's character swims, speaking Italian, shushes noisemakers at the movie theater, positions her chair so she can take a…

  • Last Night in Soho

    Last Night in Soho

    ★★★★★

    TIFF

    “London can be a lot.”

    Eloise (Thomasin McKenzie) is a girl with special insight and a haunted past. Eloise’s grandmother (Rita Tushingham) is a dear, but Eloise can’t confide in her the horrors that she experiences, because she does not want to come across as a failure. Eloise dreams of being a fashion designer, but Jocasta (Synnove Karlsen), a mean girl at school drives her to finds a place for let run by a strict landlady (Diana Rigg). The…

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  • The Battle of the Century

    The Battle of the Century

    ★★★

    While Mabel Normand had invented throwing a pie on someone's face in 1913, this short film still feels progressive in the way that Oliver Hardy's character could take out an insurance policy on Stan Laurel's character.

    Library of Congress' National Film Registry

  • Becky Sharp

    Becky Sharp

    ★★★

    This was mildly entertaining. It takes place over the course of decades. Miriam Hopkins is in her thirties when her characters starts out as a schoolgirl. It gets rather tedious by the end, but still a fine way to waste an evening.

    Rating: 5.5/10

    Nominated for Oscar (Best Actress in a Leading Role: Miriam Hopkins)
    Library of Congress' National Film Registry

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