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Elle
Elle (2016)
53 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Tortured souls engaging in sadistic games, engrossingly directed by Paul Verhoeven. Isabelle Huppert shines!

Sultan
Sultan (2016)
53 days ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Country boy takes up wrestling to get the girl, problems ensue, and he tries to fix them. Engaging albeit predictable 170 minute romantic action drama and sports saga with all the necessary formulaic Bollywood blockbuster ingredients put to good use. Salman Khan is great in an unusual non-Superman role, Anushka Sharma's performance as an emancipated and ambitious wrestling state champion is remarkable as well. Excellent cinematography, exciting action scenes, and fine song & dance extravaganzas in the first half add to the fun.

Prem Ratan Dhan Payo
2 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This 2 hour 40 minute extravaganza certainly won't convert any non-Bollywood fans. But if you are into silliness, hamming, implausible plot twists, spectacularly lavish sets and bombastic song & dance numbers, you'll enjoy this return to the old-school Bollywood formula. Contemporary India rarely had such a vintage look. Salman Khan (in a dual role), Sonam Kapoor and Anupam Kher give standout performances.

Permanent Midnight
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Dark comedy about a $5000-a-week TV writer with a $6000-a-week heroin habit. Painful to watch, with a surprisingly great performance by Ben Stiller. I heard about this 1998 movie through the Los Angeles episode of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations. Tony meets Jerry Stahl whose autobiography the script is based on.

Obvious Child
Obvious Child (2014)
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This true gem of an indie movie tells the sometimes funny, always touching story of aspiring twenty-something New York comedian Donna Stern who is facing tough life decisions (one of which includes a consultation with Planned Parenthood). The greatest of many highlights is the wonderful Jenny Slate who portrays a conflicted character with warmth, humor and vulnerability. Most importantly: "Obvious Child" feels *real*.