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    Awards Profile: Ron Howard’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ from Netflix

    Welcome to the 2020 Awards Profile series, where we talk about films coming to a theater near you in the coming year (at least at this time of writing). The series analyzes the films and their awards season potential, most notably for the Academy Awards, based on the talents attached, filmmakers involved, and story and […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Swallow’ Slowly Digests the Horrors of Domestic Conformity

    Directorial debuts like Carlo Mirabella-Davis’ mesmerizing “Swallow” show the freedom that comes with unrestricted introduction. Mirabella-Davis combs each scene with scrupulous detail, harmonizing his principal heroine’s internal chaos with her external domestic imprisonment. As Hunter, Haley Bennett gives career-best work channeling a modern-day housewife afflicted with pica, a craving for non-edible substances or objects. The […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Thank You For Your Service’ Is Admirable Rather Than Memorable

    Since “The Hurt Locker” won Best Picture in 2009, Hollywood has sought to dramatize the war in the Middle East. Arguably the most successful entry in the new subgenre, “American Sniper,” deals with the effects of PTSD when soldiers come home. The mental health of veterans takes center stage with the latest war film, “Thank […] More