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Jack Has a Plan

  • Tear Jerker ▶ Yes please
  • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
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Beautiful Something Left Behind (2021)

Available through the Roxie's Virtual Cinema, the documentary Beautiful Something Left Behind is a unique, moving experience, exploring a topic that most of us would rather not explore. read more...
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    • Tear Jerker ▶ Yes please
    • Realism ▶ Magical, Futuristic, Fantastic
    • How Things Happen ▶ By cause and effect, mechanics, rules or facts

Beautiful Something Left Behind (2021)

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  • Directed by: Katrine Philp
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 88 minutes
  • Release Date: 01/22/2021
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Our Time Machine (2020)

The documentary Our Time Machine opens with a quote from H.G. Wells about how memories can take us back in time, and dreams can carry us forward. The movie continues with these beautiful sentiments in mind, and comes out as a moving, beautiful work. read more...
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    • Tear Jerker ▶ Yes please

Our Time Machine (2020)

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  • With: Maleonn, Ma Ke, Ma Duo, Tianyi Huang
  • Written by: S. Leo Chiang, Bo Li
  • Directed by: S. Leo Chiang, Yang Sun
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Language: Chinese, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 81 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/11/2020
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The Farewell (2019)

This hit indie by writer/director Lulu Wang beautifully manages to tell a cohesive story about two different cultures, remaining nonjudgmental and balanced on both sides. Yet The Farewell also avoids becoming preachy, and is instead a touchingly emotional tale, thanks largely to a surprisingly nuanced dramatic performance by Awkwafina, as well as by the septuagenarian non-professional Zhao Shuzhen. Awkwafina plays Billi, who lives in the United States and tries to become a writer; she speaks English first, and her Mandarin is somewhat lacking. When she learns that her beloved grandmother Nai Nai (Zhao) is dying, she flies home. She is nonplussed to discover that her family is keeping Nai Nai in the dark about her own illness, while the family organizes a wedding so that the family can gather to say farewell. Wang creates drama out of the clash between Billi's ideals and language and those of her Chinese family, as well as the impending death of Nai Nai, and at the same time conveys the logic behind keeping the secret. It's an open-hearted film that also has the power to open eyes. read more...
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    • Tear Jerker ▶ Yes please
    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters

The Farewell (2019)

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  • With: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shu-zhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo, Chen Han, Aoi Mizuhara, Zhang Jing, Li Xiang, Yang Xuejian, Jim Liu
  • Written by: Lulu Wang
  • Directed by: Lulu Wang
  • MPAA Rating: PG for thematic material, brief language and some smoking
  • Language: Mandarin, English, with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 100 minutes
  • Release Date: 07/12/2019
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In the Family (2012)

In the Family sounds dreadful. It's almost three hours long, has a boring title, and tells the story of a custody battle. But don't let that deter you. This is actually a most astounding feature film debut, daring in more ways that one. It comes from Patrick Wang, whose background is mostly in theater. He also stars in the movie as an unlikely hero: Joey, a soft-spoken, gay Asian man with a soft Tennessee twang. read more...
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    • Tear Jerker ▶ Yes please
    • Sympathetic ▶ I want to know or care about the characters
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Takes itself Seriously ▶ Yes please
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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In the Family (2012)

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  • With: Sebastian Brodziak (a.k.a. Sebastian Banes), Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John, Lisa Altomare, Susan Kellermann, Conan McCarty, Harriett D. Foy, Zachary Sayle, Georgie DeNoto, Juliette Allen-Angelo, Eisa Davis, Peter Hermann, Gina Tognoni, Kit Flanagan, Park Overall
  • Written by: Patrick Wang
  • Directed by: Patrick Wang
  • MPAA Rating: Not Rated
  • Running Time: 169 minutes
  • Release Date: 10/15/2011
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

I went into The Diving Bell and the Butterfly with a huge chip on my shoulder, for three reasons. Firstly, it's a disease-of-the-week film, a genre that usually whollops audiences on the head with outsized emotions and never uses the medium to convey anything personal. Secondly, I was not a fan of director Julian Schnabel, whose first and second films, Basquiat (1996) and Before Night Falls (2000), I did not like. And finally, this was a French film about a French character directed by an American. These three things could only result in disaster, but within ten minutes the film had effortlessly knocked that chip from my shoulder. This is a very, very good film. read more...
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    • Tear Jerker ▶ Yes please
    • Boldness ▶ Surrender, endurance, struggle, supression or restraint
    • Rules ▶ Rigid or strongly constrained
    • Overall Depth ▶ Deep or penetrating
    • Originality ▶ Different or novel for its time
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

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  • With: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Niels Arestrup, Olatz López Garmendia, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Marina Hands, Max von Sydow, Isaach De Bankolé, Emma de Caunes, Jean-Philippe Écoffey, Gérard Watkins, Nicolas Le Riche, François Delaive, Anne Alvaro, Françoise Lebrun
  • Written by: Ronald Harwood, based on a novel by Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • Directed by: Julian Schnabel
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 for nudity, sexual content and some language
  • Language: French with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 112 minutes
  • Release Date: 05/21/2007
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