The Other Side of Hope (Toivon Tuolla Puolen) ⭐⭐⭐

Indie director Aki Kaurismaki draws a subtle but distinct analogy in his latest film between a Finnish man giving up his wife and business for his dream to open a restaurant and a Syrian refugee who is literally bombed out of Aleppo and seeking asylum in Finland. If you are familiar with the Finnish writer-director's …

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The Red Turtle (La Tortue Rogue) ⭐⭐⭐½

Animated features for adults are rare and Michael Dudok de Wit's Oscar nominated film is certainly one for thinkers and not toddlers. It is very imaginative and open to interpretations and philosophical scrutiny. In fact, I think it demands it. The practically wordless film is handsomely rendered and lushly scored and the storytelling here is …

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Pirates of the Carribean – Salazar’s Revenge ⭐⭐½

It could be the almost zero expectations after the disastrous On Stranger Tides (⭐½) or desperation for any English language film in Rome but I find myself not as irritated as I thought I would be for this 5th outing for Jack Sparrow and his crew. Skipping the pointless exercise of summarizing the story, reflecting …

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