AUTHOR | Pang-Chieh Ho

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A MOST VIOLENT YEAR

Elevating the crime genre to new heights
Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain
Directed by J.C. Chandor

“A most violent year” isn’t so much about graphic violence as it is about a more invisible form of it. More specifically “Year” is a character study, a character study of the violence inflicted upon the integrity of a man who’s faced with the kinds of pressures that tempt him to abandon his principles. It is New York, 1981. Fuel supplier Abel Morales (Oscar Isaac) is about to close a real ... more >

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Song of the sea

[Cartoon Saloon]
David Rawle, Brendan Gleeson and Fionnula Flanagan
Directed by Tomm Moore

“Song of the sea” is a spectacular film that explores the Celtic myth of Selkies, a mystical being that can change form between human and seal, through a simply-told and heartwarming story about a brother and a sister. “Song,” a traditionally-animated film, is also a visual feat. And despite a few moments in which the visual eclipses the story “Song” is a successful continuation of animation ... more >

CITIZENFOUR DISTURBS with a quiet unembellished conviction

Directed by Laura Poitras
[HBO Films, Participant Media]

“Citizenfour” is in many ways a hard film to swallow. Not only is its subject matter, the unlawful surveillance of the American public by the NSA (National Security Agency), one that courts controversy and debate but the way filmmaker Laura Poitras tackles this subject, head-on and at times drily, might be off-putting for some audience members looking for a more rounded discourse. And yet despite ... more >