Potent Story Lacks Punch in The Innocents

By Christian Hamaker on July 7, 2016

A Polish religious drama has a distinctive story but a less memorable visual approach.

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Timbuktu Rejects Jihadism

By Christian Hamaker on February 6, 2015

A film that speaks clearly and unequivocally about a growing problem.

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Moral Discussions Engage in “Winter Sleep”

By Christian Hamaker on January 30, 2015

Breathtakingly beautiful and rich in moral discussion, this intimate epic earns every minute of its lengthy running time.

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“Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook?”

By Andrew Collins on January 24, 2015

Profoundly Russian – in both the literal and literary sense

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Ida Packs Guilt, Pain and Faith Into 80 Minutes

By Christian Hamaker on May 26, 2014

What, exactly, is the Christian life?

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Museum Hours Teach Art and Life

By Kendrick Kuo on April 16, 2014

Pieter Bruegel instructs us on the minutiae of life.

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

By Christian Hamaker on February 17, 2014

A beautiful lesson in love.

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The Past Sneaks Up on You

By Christian Hamaker on January 10, 2014

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.

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Grandmaster, Your Kungfu is Weak

By Kendrick Kuo on August 23, 2013

The Grandmaster fails

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Beyond the Hills Joins the List of Great Spiritual Dramas

By Christian Hamaker on March 18, 2013

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…

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