Ida Packs Guilt, Pain and Faith Into 80 Minutes

What, exactly, is the Christian life? [Read more...]

Museum Hours Teach Art and Life

Pieter Bruegel instructs us on the minutiae of life. [Read more...]

Like Father, Like Son a Valentine’s Day Gift for Film Lovers

A beautiful lesson in love. [Read more...]

The Past Sneaks Up on You

The Past is a richly textured, superbly acted drama, and yet another indication that Farhadi is one of the best current excavators of the human condition. [Read more...]

Grandmaster, Your Kungfu is Weak

The Grandmaster fails [Read more...]

Beyond the Hills Joins the List of Great Spiritual Dramas

Review of Beyond the Hills, Directed by Christian Mungiu Here’s the bottom line on Beyond the Hills, the new film from Romania’s Christian Mungiu: It’s one of the best religious dramas in recent memory, on par with the great spiritual dramas from Ingmar Bergman in his prime (The Seventh Seal, The Virgin Spring, The Silence). But [Read More...]

Life, Above All

Review of Life, Above All, Directed by Oliver Schmitz By KENDRICK KUO Rating: 7/10 Life, Above All is not a film for the faint of heart. This gut-wrenching South African film, adapted from Alan Stratton’s novel Chandra’s Secret, is a fictional thread in a very real piece of South Africa’s fabric—namely, children orphaned by AIDS. [Read More...]

NO to Utopianism

Review of NO, Directed by Pablo Larraín By KENDRICK KUO NO more dictatorship. NO more executions. NO more torture. NO more censorship. NO is a Chilean film depicting a plebiscite that occurred in October 1988 to decide whether Gen. Augusto Pinochet Ugarte should stay in power for another term. During the 27-day campaign, daily 15-minute [Read More...]

The Hopeless Innocence of Amelie

Review of Amélie, Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet By KENDRICK KUO I’ve known about Amélie (2001) for a long time, but only recently decided to sit down and watch it after a co-worker of mine said it was one of her favorite movies. This French film follows a woman named Amélie Poulain from her mother’s tragic [Read More...]

Tokyo Loneliness

Review of Tokyo Story, Directed by Yasujiro Ozu By PAUL D. MILLER Roger Ebert recently updated his personal list of the ten best film of all time.  I had seen eight of them and knew of a ninth, but had never even heard of the tenth.  I Googled the mystery film and learned that it is [Read More...]


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