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Top 20 Films of 2017

For many, 2017 was a stressful and anxious year due to the person presently in the Oval Office and all the political divisions and frustrations this has both caused and brought into the light. I share those anxieties and frustrations, although I won’t allow myself to be consumed by them. Tom Hardy’s pilot from Dunkirk […]

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Top 17 Favorite Scenes from 2017

My top films of 2017 list will arrive after Christmas; for now, here are 17 scenes which stood out for me from cinema over the past year, listed in alphabetical order of film title: A Quiet Passion – The Time Lapse Photo. In Terence Davies’ filmic depiction of Emily Dickinson’s life and poetry, there is […]

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5 Films on Immigrants

The “5 Films” series will be a new Cinemayward list of recommendations, similar to this earlier list of football films. These lists aren’t exhaustive, nor are they “the best” of this particular genre. These are simply five recommended films connected by a common idea or theme, usually sparked by something of relevance in our present-day […]

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My 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2017

Here’s what I’m looking forward to seeing in 2017, listed in alphabetical order: Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve). Yes, this could be absolutely terrible. I’m not sure Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner really needs a sequel. But if it’s going to happen, let’s hope it’s incredible. The first trailer looks promising. Dunkirk (Christopher Nolan). A WWII […]

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Top 20 Films of 2016

I noticed two thematic threads weaving through the films of 2016, ideas which seem at odds yet perhaps have more in common beyond an initial reaction: grief and coming of age. It seems fitting for a year like 2016 that grief would pervade our filmic imagination. Movies like Manchester by the Sea, Jackie, Arrival, Captain Fantastic, Tower, Don’t Breathe, […]

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