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Spotlight: Costume Drama

This week, we present films with costumes that help create a deeper understanding of the filmic world and those who inhabit it. Whether set in the present, the past, or another realm altogether, these films feature garments that tell a story.

English movie from 2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Peter Jackson
2003 New Zealand, USA
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English movie from 1992: Orlando

Orlando

Sally Potter
1992 United Kingdom, Russia, Italy
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Spotlight: Back to School

As the academic year begins for students around the globe, education looks different than it did just last year. Indulge in some nostalgia for what school used to be with these films from a pre-pandemic world.

Spotlight: 77th Venice Festival

The 77th Venice International Film Festival is under way! In celebration of Italy's (and the world’s!) oldest film festival, we take a look back at Italian films that have won the festival's major awards, from the classics of Neorealism to the present.

Spotlight: Summer Nostalgia

For many of us, unable to travel or gather with friends, it has felt like the year skipped directly from spring to fall. As the leaves start to change, we’ve compiled a selection of films that capture the essence of the season of summer.

French movie from 2011: Tomboy

Tomboy

Céline Sciamma
2011 France
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Spotlight: Anime Adventure

From heartwarming fantasies to futuristic thrillers, this anime selection explores worlds completely different from our own through relatable characters and themes. Feast your imagination on these films and series filled with magic and machinery, action and adventure, spells and science.

Japanese movie from 2017: Mary and the Witch's Flower

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Hiromasa Yonebayashi
2017 Japan
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Japanese movie from 2013: Ghost in the Shell Arise - Border 1: Ghost Pain

Ghost in the Shell Arise - Border 1: Ghost Pain

Masahiko Murata
2013 Japan
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Spotlight: The Great Indoors

As many of us continue to work and socialize from the comfort (?) of our own homes, we have compiled a list of films that take place almost entirely in a single location to remind us that adventure does not require a change of scenery.

English movie from 2015: Ex Machina

Ex Machina

Alex Garland
2015 United Kingdom
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Spotlight: Lebanon

Lebanon is in our thoughts this week, after the explosion that took such a toll on its capital, Beirut. These 12 films capture something of the country’s struggle, its beauty, its gallows humor, its fury, its joie de vivre, its endurance.

Spotlight: Reflecting Disability in Film

The past week marked thirty years since the United States passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To celebrate this anniversary, we have put together a selection of films from around the world which give some insight into the lives of people with various disabilities.

French movie from 2007: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Julian Schnabel
2007 France, USA
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Spotlight: Run for it!

With COVID-19 keeping us in our homes for an unprecedented period of time, we’ve compiled this list of films that capture the thrill of escape. Whether by train, tank, or submarine, or even just on foot -- it’s time to make your getaway.

English movie from 1981: Chariots of Fire

Chariots of Fire

Hugh Hudson
1981 United Kingdom
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