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Tanna – Review

We often hold up that brand of ultra-realism known as “verite” as a paragon of out-there, maverick filmmaking. The brilliance of Tanna’s essential project makes even the finest of verite pictures look...
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CEL Mates: Rango

It is difficult these days to associate Hollywood with pleasant surprises. Releases are so aggressively micromanaged and carefully marketed, pre-marketed, and teased out that even when a blockbuster you...
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P.S. Jerusalem – Review

Danae Elon has a remarkably relatable habit of both admitting her own failings and failing to admit them. P.S. Jerusalem, narrated intermittently by its director-cinematographer, is a fascinating, frustrating...
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The Founder – Review

The creation, and expansion, of McDonald’s in the 1950s is one of Western culture’s most important benchmarks. Its ramifications on the global economy have been staggering. The influence it continues to...
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The Innocents – Review

History has its headlines, but also its page sixes. The Innocents, in following a group of Polish nuns immediately after WWII, is a sharp and sad examination of forgotten tales. Russians have settled in...
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13TH – Review

The synopsis of 13TH almost implied a filmed immersion into correctional facilities, but Ava DuVernay, thank goodness, isn’t interested in a small cast of subjective case files; what we have here is an...
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Kubo And The Two Strings – Review

As always, Laika Entertainment (Coraline, ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls) have released one of the most beautifully and intricately designed films of the year, this time offering a mythical quest narrative in a...