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Film Review: Life Is Intriguingly Complicated, As Is “Luce”

Luce (Julius Onah, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. In Luce, director Julius Onah makes up for having afflicted The Cloverfield Paradox on us by delivering a gripping, thought-provoking cinematic essay on race, gender, colonialism, class, power and privilege (white … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Gwen” Is a Slow Burn

Gwen (William McGregor, 2018) 2½ out of 4 stars. On Halloween night in 2016 my friends and I sat around, crowded in my college dorm room, to watch a horror movie … what else would one do on Halloween night? … Continue reading

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Film Review: Akin to the DeLorean, Itself, “Driven” Promises More Than It Can Deliver

Driven (Nick Hamm, 2019) 2 out of 4 stars. Sometimes when a film does the all too common, unspeakable act of not living up to its exciting and intricate premise, the only thing you can do is offer it a slight … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Nightingale” Wails a Lament for Victims of Violence

The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent, 2018) 3½ out of 4 stars. Clare is a young woman without much of a future. It’s the early 19thcentury in Australia, a continent still being conquered by the Europeans, the indigenous population hunted and killed at … Continue reading

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Film Review: In Brilliant “Mike Wallace Is Here,“ the Great Newsman Is Still Very Much with Us

Mike Wallace Is Here (Avi Belkin, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. The quintessence of masterful archival filmmaking, director Avi Belkin’s Mike Wallace Is Here plunges us into the life and career of the late, great newsman Mike Wallace (1918-2012), who … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Great Hack“ Offers Gripping Real-Life Data-Mining Thriller

The Great Hack (Karim Amer/Jehane Noujaim, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Who remembers the distant history of the 2016 U.S. presidential election? The political turmoil since then has made the intervening almost-three years seem interminable, whether it be the … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Farewell” Offers a Moving Cinematic Adieu

The Farewell (Lulu Wang, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A film that refuses to follow any genre conventions of drama or comedy, The Farewell tells the often charming, frequently heartbreaking tale of a family struggling with their aging matriarch’s terminal-cancer diagnosis. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Trespassers” Delivers with Terrific Tension

Trespassers (Orson Oblowitz, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Trespassers begins with a literal bang, opening with a brutally quick double execution of a couple at the hands of a masked man, showing viewers what they’re in for, right off … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation”

Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation (Barak Goodman/Jamila Ephron, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. In the early summer of 1969, a college buddy of mine stopped by and asked me if I was interested in joining him in August … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Framing John DeLorean” Is a Fascinating Hybrid Look at Hubris and Its Consequences

Framing John DeLorean (Don Argott/Sheena M. Joyce, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. A fascinating amalgam of archival footage, modern-day talking-head interviews and dramatized reenactments, Framing John DeLorean chronicles the rise and fall of the once-renowned titular automobile executive who leant … Continue reading

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