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The Leopard (1963)

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The Leopard

“One of the most gorgeous movie ever made, Visconti’s THE LEOPARD is a cinematic sinfonia concertante for us to bliss out.”

[Film Review] The Leopard (1963) (Redacted after a second viewing)
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Chernobyl (2019)

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CHERNOBYL

Cast: Jared Harris as Valery Legasov Stellan Skarsgård as Boris Shcherbina Emily Watson as Ulana Khomyuk Paul Ritter as Anatoly Dyatlov Jessie Buckley as Lyudmilla Ignatenko Adam Nagaitis as Vasily Ignatenko Con O’Neill as Viktor Bryukhanov Adrian Rawlins as Nikolai Fomin Sam Troughton as Aleksandr Akimov Robert Emms as Leonid Toptunov David Dencik as Mikhail […]

Chernobyl (2019) TV Review
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Movie Review: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

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The Electrical Life of Louis Wain – Official Trailer | Prime Video

You have probably seen his artwork but not known who the artist was.  Louis Wain’s whimsical illustrations of anthropomorphic, large-eyed cats singing carols, playing golf, enjoying plum pudding or just posing against a psychedelic background have elated cat fanciers and others for over a century.  Now, Will Sharpe (TV’s FLOWERS) has brought Wain’s “electric” but […]

Movie Review: The Electrical Life of Louis Wain
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Munich: The Edge of War Review

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Director Christian Schwochow created Munich: The Edge of War to be a puzzle of deceit, and he succeeded—in spades. The film is based on actual events preceding World War II, and it is politically enticing and spellbinding. In 1917 (2019), a British war film set during World War I, actor George Mackay played the role […]

Munich: The Edge of War Review

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THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH

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Style is half the picture. Story is the other half. William Shakespeare’s 17th-century play, The Tragedie of Macbeth, might be one of the greatest stories ever penned. If not, it’s at least one of the most durable. The desire for power, the ruthlessness of rule, and the all-consuming descent into madness that comes with conspiracy and […]

THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
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News from Catland

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The Benedict Cumberbatch cat movie is better than the Benedict Cumberbatch dog movie, in our view. Not just because the dog movie has no dogs, just shadow that looks a but like one, whereas the cat movie has actual cats, lots of them, some of which speak to us via subtitles, but because the cat […]

News from Catland
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THE GREAT BUSTER: A CELEBRATION

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Before he was a filmmaker, Peter Bogdanovich was a critic and historian par excellence. Coming of age as the first wave of Hollywood filmmakers were being put out to pasture, Bogdanovich sat at the feet of the men who made the movies and fell in love. Among those titans he admired, Buster Keaton stood tall, […]

THE GREAT BUSTER: A CELEBRATION
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Benedetta – Movie Review

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It’ll come as no surprise to many to hear that Paul Verhoeven’s horny lesbian nun movie Benedetta — a film in which at one point a statuette of the Virgin Mary is carved into being a sex toy — is belligerently unsubtle. Yet for a movie of such big erotic swings, things remain surprisingly unsurprising. […]

Benedetta – Movie Review
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Matt Damon And Adam Driver Face Off In Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel”

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King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.

4K Ultra HD Review: Matt Damon And Adam Driver Face Off In Ridley Scott’s “The Last Duel”

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The Man Standing Next

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It took a bit of cajoling to get me to review this South Korean political thriller because…well, because it’s a South Korean political thriller. This is a hard sell, because while most of the world is hard-wired into US politics, the development of the Korean CIA and the abuse of presidential power is a rather […]

The Man Standing Next
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The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea (2021)

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Directors: John Choi, Rob Sixsmith Writers: Nicolina Lanni, Rob Sixsmith, Conal Whyte Stars: Kwon Il-Yong, Kim Hee Sook, Cho Wook Hee RATING: 4 Stars From 2003 to 2004, in a span of less than a year, Yoo Young-chul killed a total of 20 people in various parts of Seoul, targeting victims including wealthy elderly people, […]

The Raincoat Killer: Chasing a Predator in Korea (2021) Netflix Review
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Review: “The Last Duel”

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The myth of noble knights, regal ladies, and majestic, sprawling kingdoms is one that is often romanticized, both in fantasy and in stories based in reality. So far this year, we’ve already had one film, David Lowery’s “The Green Knight”— an adaptation of an Arthurian legend— challenge the notion of the courageous knight on a […]

Review: “The Last Duel”
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Screen Screams: ‘The Devils’

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It’s that time of the year again. The month of October is upon us. So to celebrate, we at Full Circle Cinema put together another curated, month-long series with Screen Screams. This year, we will be checking our clocks as we wait in anticipation for the forbidden delight we call “the midnight movie”. And with […]

Screen Screams: ‘The Devils’ Review

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Vikings (2013-2020)

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The History Channel’s flagship series Vikings aired its last episode in December. And though this celebrated work is finally in the history books, its legacy will live on. It isn’t your stereotypical “this is one of the best shows ever” series. It isn’t trying to be anything other than itself. And that’s okay. Vikings is, […]

Vikings (2013-2020)
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TIFF 2021: “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain”

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ Rating: 4 out of 5. A true artist never connects with the real world. In fact, he/she creates one’s own where all others can join in to admire the brilliance of their craft. Louis Wain (Benedict Cumberbatch) is extremely talented. He is qualified to do all sorts of jobs, if he wishes to. His […]

TIFF 2021: “The Electrical Life of Louis Wain”
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Worth

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How much is a human life worth? As a philosophical question, it’s emotionally fraught and almost unbearable to contemplate. Can you put a dollar amount on a life? You can, actually. Uncomfortably. And people have. They do it all the time. You may even know how much yours is worth in the event of your […]

Worth

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Greatest of the High Brow: Beethoven vs Mozart

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This could be the greatest high brow movie battle of all time, pitting Roger Ebert’s favorite movie against the most decorated movie of the 80s. Amadeus was released in 1984 to critical praise and is the fictional biography of Mozart, the famous composer, and his story shares a lot in common with Ebert’s favorite movie, […]

Greatest of the High Brow: Beethoven vs Mozart
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Frost/Nixon (2008)

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Featured on SLICEOFLIFE.COM Genre: Historical/Biographical Forget Rocky vs. Creed, Luke vs. Vader, or Batman vs. Joker. These cinematic duels rely more on testosterone than wit, and, sometimes, wit throws the stronger punch. Take the notorious interview between President Nixon and David Frost, for instance. There are no boxing […]

2021 Movie Draft: Frost/Nixon
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I Am a Revolutionary – Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

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You can’t murder a revolution. So this is about Bill O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield). He becomes a Black Panther and starts to get close to the Party Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya). There is just one secret: Bill O’Neal is working with the FBI. Now, I was very much looking forward to this. Judas and the […]

I Am a Revolutionary – Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
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Review: “Judas and the Black Messiah”

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Director Shaka King’s “Judas and the Black Messiah” tells the story of the events leading up to the murder of Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) in a raid on his apartment by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Chicago Police Department, and the FBI. It’s told primarily through the perspective of […]

Review: “Judas and the Black Messiah”
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