(BPM) Beats Per Minute

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  If David France’s Oscar nominated ‘How To Survive a Plague‘ is recognized as the seminal movie on AIDS in the US, then Robin Campillo’s stunning new masterpiece BPM (Beats Per Minute) is undoubtably Europe’s candidate for the title.  His sprawling and somewhat harrowing tale that centers on the ACT UP group in Paris is … Continue reading



The Salesman

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Ever since writer/director Asghar Farhadi became the first Iranian filmmaker to win a Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2011 for his stunning movie A Separation, he has continued to helm compelling dramas of domestic discord that show the uneasiness of women’s roles in contemporary Iranian society. The Salesman starts very dramatically with the impending collapse … Continue reading



Dheepan

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Jacques Audiard’s latest totally stunning thriller is steeped in violence which seems to be his raison d’être these days. This one starts off briefly in Sri Lanka where Deephan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) a Tamil freedom fighter is trying to flee the country after the latest battle in the civil war has ended in a massacre. He’s been given … Continue reading



The Measure Of A Man

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Life for Thierry  (Vincent Lindon) a fifty-year-old something machinist seems to get tougher and tougher since he was laid off from his job as a result of the latest economic downtown that is devastating the French provincial town that he lives in with his family. In the months since he has been unemployed he has done all … Continue reading



Carol

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For his 6th feature film  queer filmmaker Todd Haynes returns to the 1950’s and re-visits the theme of repressed sexuality that he captured so brilliantly in his Oscar nominated “Far From Heaven” in 2002.  Last time he worked from his own script, but this time around British/American playwright Phyllis Nagy has adapted Patricia Highsmith’s controversial … Continue reading



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