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Film Review: “#FemalePleasure” Conquers Male Supremacy

#FemalePleasure (Barbara Miller, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. From director Barbara Miller (Forbidden Voices) comes a documentary profile of five women in five different countries who each, in her own way, confronts the patriarchal demands, of her respective culture, … Continue reading

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Film Review: In “Dolemite Is My Name,” Eddie Murphy’s Got Game

Dolemite Is My Name (Craig Brewer, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Though Eddie Murphy has never stopped working since his explosion onto the media scene in the early 1980s, thanks to first Saturday Night Live and then hits like … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Low Tide” Is a Nostalgic Hidden-Treasure Thriller

Low Tide (Kevin McMullin, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. A24 is perhaps best known for distributing atmospheric horror releases such as The Witch (Robert Eggers, 2015), Hereditary (Ari Aster, 2018), and Midsommar (Aster, 2019), Oscar-nominees and winners such as … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Garden Left Behind” Urges Us Urgently Forward

The Garden Left Behind (Flavio Alves, 2019) 3 out of 4 stars. Winner of the Audience Award in the “Visions” category at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, The Garden Left Behind, from director Flavio Alves (making his feature debut), tells … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Always in Season” Explores Hard Truths of Lynching and White Supremacy

Always in Season (Jacqueline Olive, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. 17-year-old Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set in the early hours of August 29, 2014, in Bladenboro, North Carolina, in what the police quickly dubbed a suicide. … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Bloodline” Is As Bold and Brazen As Its Main Character

Bloodline (Henry Jacobson, 2019 ) 3 out of 4 stars. How many people in our lives that we trust do we actually really know, inside and out? Do we know their light side and their dark side? Do we know … Continue reading

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Film Review: “This Is Not Berlin” Is Fascinating and Futile

This Is Not Berlin (“Esto no es Berlín”) (Hari Sama) 2 out of 4 stars. What doesn’t sound interesting about a movie detailing the queer art scene of 1980’s Mexico City? I, for one, was all in. Unfortunately, despite centering … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Love, Antosha” Offers Moving Paean to Its Subject

Love, Antosha (Garret Price, 2019) 3½ out of 4 stars. The actor Anton Yelchin (1989-2016), who died in a freak accidentin his own driveway, starred in movies both large and small, from the rebooted Star Trek franchise to the highly … Continue reading

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Film Review: “Cold Case Hammarskjöld” Delivers a Brilliant, Brutal Docu-Autopsy

Cold Case Hammarskjöld (Mads Brügger, 2019) 4 out of 4 stars. Dag Hammarskjöld (1905-1961) was the second Secretary-General of the United Nations, serving from 1953 until his death in a plane crash in Africa. An idealistic and militant soul, the … Continue reading

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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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