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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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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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