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  • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
  • Production Level ▶ Polished
  • Boldness ▶ Surrender, endurance, struggle, supression or restraint
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There Is No Evil (2021)

Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof (Iron Island, The White Meadows) achieves an act of defiance with this brave film, which had to be smuggled out of Iran. With a cool head and careful storytelling, it criticizes the country's barbaric practice of forcing men serving their two years of mandatory military service to assist in executions. There Is No Evil consists of four stories, and the first one alone is a masterpiece, a shattering tale that lulls us with the banal before unleashing its savageness. The second tale takes place late at night, depicting a man desperately trying to escape his execution duty the following morning. The third tells the story of a man who gets a three-day pass to see his girlfriend for her birthday, only to arrive just in time for a funeral. And the fourth sees a country doctor at the end of his life trying to make up for past mistakes during a visit from his niece. Rasoulof's patient, painterly compositions have a way of getting at the interior horrors of this situation while avoiding any direct commentary (no executions are shown, and no military authority figures appear). The final two stories might have been cut down for more impactful endings; they tend to drift off into too much talk and analysis, and we definitely feel every one of the movie's 150 minutes, but it's still a must-see. read more...
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    • Optimistic ▶ No thanks
    • Boldness ▶ Surrender, endurance, struggle, supression or restraint
    • Rules ▶ Rigid or strongly constrained
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please

There Is No Evil (2021)

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  • With: Ehsan Mirhosseini, Shaghayegh Shourian, Kaveh Ahangar, Alireza Zareparast, Salar Khamseh, Kaveh Ebrahim, Pouya Mehri, Darya Moghbeli, Mahtab Servati, Mohammad Valizadegan, Mohammad Seddighimehr, Jila Shahi, Baran Rasoulof
  • Written by: Mohammad Rasoulof
  • Directed by: Mohammad Rasoulof
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Persian, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 150 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/14/2021
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A Quiet Passion (2017)

Written and directed by Terence Davies, A Quiet Passion tells the story of Emily Dickinson, who is regularly considered among the ten best poets of all time. It's a step above many biopics, more sophisticated and less commercial. It's rigorous and austere, and often difficult, as when Emily fights and panics through her agony and seizures due to Bright's disease. It's also extraordinarily articulate, to the point that it frequently sounds more like writing than talking. But for all that it's a quite rewarding experience, with Davies's sophisticated, gentle touch guiding the film throughout. Best of all is Cynthia Nixon in the lead role; she's best known for playing Miranda on Sex in the City, but it seems like she's far more at home in the 19th century than in the 21st. She's incredible. read more...
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A Quiet Passion (2017)

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  • With: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine, Jodhi May, Joanna Bacon, Catherine Bailey, Emma Bell, Benjamin Wainwright, Annette Badland, Rose Williams, Noémie Schellens, Miles Richardson, Eric Loren, Stefan Menaul, Maurice Cassiers, Sara Vertongen, Barney Glover, Simone Milsdochter, Yasmin Dewilde, Marieke Bresseleers, Verona Verbakel, Turlough Convery, Trevor Cooper, Tom Kemp
  • Written by: Terence Davies
  • Directed by: Terence Davies
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, disturbing images and brief suggestive material
  • Running Time: 125 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/13/2017
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Phoenix (2015)

Director Christian Petzold and actors Nina Hoss and Ronald Zehrfeld follow up their remarkable Barbara (2013) with an even more striking work. Phoenix tells the story of a little crime taking place in the shadows and ruins of a very large crime. In scene after scene, Petzold impressively finds the appropriate visual scale for his prickly, emotionally rending story. read more...
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    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
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Phoenix (2015)

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  • With: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf, Trystan Putter, Michael Maertens, Imogen Kogge, Felix Romer, Uwe Preuss, Valerie Koch, Eva Bay, Jeff Burrell, Nikola Kastner, Max Hopp, Megan Gay, Kirsten Block, Frank Seppeler, Daniela Holtz, Kathrin Wehlisch, Michael Wenninger, Claudia Geisler
  • Written by: Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki, based on a novel by Hubert Monteilhet
  • Directed by: Christian Petzold
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some thematic elements and brief suggestive material
  • Language: German, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 98 minutes
  • Release Date: 08/20/2015
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L'Innocente (1976)

Luchino Visconti's final film L'Innocente begins with the director's own aged hand turning the pages of a weathered copy of Gabriele D'Annunzio's novel. From there it goes into another of his elegantly composed portraits of the follies of the aristocracy, perhaps not among his very best films, but still a fine film from an absolute master. Giancarlo Giannini (Seven Beauties, Casino Royale) stars as Tullio, who is married to the sensible Giuliana (Laura Antonelli, Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs) and is having an affair with the more sensual Teresa (Jennifer O'Neill, Rio Lobo, Scanners). But when Giuliana has an affair of her own with a successful author, Tullio suddenly wants her back. And so it goes, in a bitter satire of "wanting-only-what-one-can't-have." Things take a turn when Giuliana winds up pregnant by the author; the couple decide to try and raise the child as their own, but hurt feelings get in the way, leading to a horrific act. read more...
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    • Romantic Love ▶ Doomed
    • Production Level ▶ Polished

L'Innocente (1976)

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  • With: Giancarlo Giannini, Laura Antonelli, Jennifer O'Neill, Rina Morelli, Massimo Girotti, Didier Haudepin, Marie Dubois, Roberta Paladini, Claude Mann, Marc Porel
  • Written by: Suso Cecchi D'Amico, Enrico Medioli, Luchino Visconti, based on a novel by Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • Directed by: Luchino Visconti
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Language: Italian, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 129 minutes
  • Release Date: 07/17/2020
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Silence (2016)

This religious epic, a dream project of director Martin Scorsese that has gestated for decades, has emerged somewhat difficult and unwieldy, a bit gory, but also magnificent, beautiful, and masterful. Scorsese read the novel by Shusaku Endo while in Japan in 1989 and has tried for years to visualize it for the screen; it's impossible to guess if the results ever could have been any better than they are now. Silence is a mix of Hollywood grandeur and genuine existential, soul-searching, much like the films Scorsese grew up watching. read more...
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    • Production Level ▶ Polished
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
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Silence (2016)

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  • With: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Issey Ogata, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Yoshi Oida, Yosuke Kubozuka
  • Written by: Martin Scorsese, Jay Cocks, based on a novel by Shusaku Endo
  • Directed by: Martin Scorsese
  • MPAA Rating: R for some disturbing violent content
  • Language: English, Japanese, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 161 minutes
  • Release Date: 12/24/2016
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