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Four Days in May (Russia, 2011) ***

Four Days in May (Russia, 2011) ***

Set at the end of WWII, Four Days in May, a war drama directed by Achim von Borries to the work of Dmitry Faust, tells a story of high morals, involving a price of life and death. If one puts aside the politics and the shaken credibility of the story, Four Days in May is a touching human drama. The film suffers from some pacing issues and feels, at times, as a showcase for acting. But it does have an interesting core story and enough tension to make for an engaging film.

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A Cat in Paris (France, 2010) ****

A Cat in Paris (France, 2010) ****

A Cat in Paris is a charming, hand-drawn, action-comedy, animated film, kids and adults will both enjoy. It focuses on a good classic story and well-developed characters.

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No (Chile, 2012) ****

No (Chile, 2012) ****

No covers about a month in 1988, during which Chile, under Pinochet, was subjected to an intense political advertising campaign. What makes No, the film, special, is its unique perspective. It follows a young promising advertising executive who guides the No campaign; a campaign organized by a coalition of the opposition parties. The plot further thrusts this character, René, played by the mesmerizing Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, against various opposing powers, including his own agency's boss, his ex-wife, members of his own campaign and, of course, the Pinochet administration of terror. If you are interested in good intense drama, based on historical events, say Yes to No.
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Amour (2012, France) *****

Amour (2012, France) *****

Amour takes its time to painstakingly play out, in a realistic style, the last few months in the lives of an elderly couple. The setup, taking place for the bulk majority of the film inside the couple’s apartment, makes the audience feel like its peering through a candid camera into the these private painful last moments. It is not an easy film to watch.
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The Impossible (2012) ****

The Impossible, a drama natural-disaster film, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona to a script by Sergio G. Sánchez, walks a fine line between authenticity and a drenched melodrama. The first two thirds of the movie are both terrifying and fantastic. Bayona and his team of special effects are able to recreate the feel of a tsunami so real that one finds himself holding to his chair.
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The Valet (2006, France) ****

A classic romantic comedy, The Valet is directed with a steady hand by Francis Veber (of The Dinner Game and The Closet) who also wrote the screenplay.

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