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    Film Review: ‘Monos’ Finds Savage Beauty in the Andes Mountains

    You’d hardly find more picturesque opening scenes than the ones which set the stage for “Monos,” the latest feature from Colombian director Alejandro Landes. A kaleidoscopic sky forms the backdrop, high above the clouds as a group of young people have made a makeshift family on a remote mountainside in Latin America. Recalling “Lord of […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love’ Courageously Examines Male Commitment Issues

    Tyler Cole’s hypnotic debut “Philophobia: or the Fear of Falling in Love” is a startling relationship nightmare from a promising new filmmaker. Under the genre guise of psychological horror, audiences witness the less overt side of male toxicity: emotional unavailability. Damien Booster, played with aloof sincerity by Aaron Burt – who also wrote this character […] More

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    Film Review: Bulgarian Oscar Contender ‘Ága’ Is a Slow Burn in the Frigid Tundra

    On Monday, October 14, people throughout the Americas celebrated the now controversial Columbus Day in recognition of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in the region. In recent years, however, many have chosen to instead chosen to commemorate the day as Indigenous People’s Day, in honor of those who suffered as a result of Columbus’ “discovery” of their […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Frankie’ Takes Audiences on a Languid Vacation with Isabelle Huppert

    Family vacations are stressful, no matter how picturesque the location. “Frankie” follows this upper-class family on a trip to Portugal that forces them to confront the mortality of their matriarch. Writer-director Ira Sachs excels at ensemble pieces but turns his attention more to his leading lady, Isabelle Huppert. The film retains his trademark warmth. Yet, […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Rocketman’ Soars to Great Heights

    Since the beginning of cinema, there have been biopics. The idea of committing to film the lives of real people is a worthwhile endeavor, although the long established formula for such projects has left many essential and fascinating stories languishing in mediocrity. But then there is “Rocketman,” the life story of Sir Elton John, played in […] More

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    HIFF Film Review: ‘Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer’ Is Essential Viewing in Our Current Media Climate

    2019 HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: One of the more unexpected delights in the Hamptons was a documentary from Mark Landsman about the National Enquirer. “Scandalous: The True Story of the National Enquirer” takes audiences through the history of America’s most notorious tabloid, beginning with its acquisition by Generoso Pope Jr in the 1950s. Using seed […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Gemini Man’ Is a Promising Prototype for Revolutionary Film Technology

    Ang Lee is not a director to be beaten down by past failure. After “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” was met with an onslaught of negative press, Lee simply responded by carrying forward with his goal of radically altering the moviegoing experience. Thus “Gemini Man” was born after twenty years of developmental limbo. The frenetic […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Zeroville’ is Not an Ode to Cinema, But a Eulogy to What Could Have Been

    Steve Erickson’s literary masterpiece, “Zeroville” is a love letter to cinema. Beautifully written, and thought-provoking, the novel follows one man’s years-long love affair with the movies. Sheltered his entire life, Ike Jerome is transformed when he experiences his first film, “A Place in the Sun.” Moved by the performances of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, […] More

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    TIFF Film Review: ‘Joker’ Doesn’t Reinvent the Comic Book Movie, But It Keeps the Genre Alive

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The Joker is one of the most familiar, and intriguing villains to ever exists both on screen and in comic books. Over the past 50 years, the Clown Prince of Crime has evolved along with each new generation of audience. With the entertainment industry’s obsession with gritty, realistic comic book […] More

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    TIFF Review: ‘Harriet’ Falls Short of its Heroine’s Greatness

    2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: As much as Hollywood tries to convince us otherwise, the world doesn’t need another biopic. But with a subject as underappreciated and vital to history as Harriet Tubman, a cinematic tribute is certainly justified. With Kasi Lemmons’ “Harriet,” that long overdue biopic of the legendary freedom fighter has finally arrived. […] More

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