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All the Bright Places – Review

There is an odd, comforting sort of familiarity to coming-of-age films, with their busy high-school corridors filled with jocks and geeks, and those impossibly elaborate house parties. Though we do get a...
Shirley

Shirley – Berlinale 2020 Review

The incandescent Madeline’s Madeline still fresh in our memories, Josephine Decker returns to the screen with Shirley. Starkly different from her previous feature, this biographical portrait of acclaimed...
Surge

Surge – Berlinale 2020 Review

Ben Whishaw is certainly one of the finest actors of his generation, and Aneil Karia’s Surge is a film which allows him to flex his muscles unlike any other. Joseph (Whishaw) works in airport security –...
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Color Out of Space – Review

With his focus on the terror of the indescribable, H.P. Lovecraft has always proved hard to adapt. Whether it’s the Garth Marenghi-esque ‘70s version of The Dunwich Horror or Guillermo Del Toro being...
El Profugo

The Intruder – Berlinale 2020 Review

The voice is an instrument, susceptible to changes in a person's mood, or her mental constitution. Natalia Meta's The Intruder (El prófugo) introduces its protagonist's voice as a carefully honed tool for her...
Vento Seco

Dry Wind – Berlinale 2020 Review

Desire runs through this film as the titular Dry Wind (Vento Seco) does through its setting: rural mid-western Brazil, where Sandro (Leandro Faria Lelo) follows his monotonous daily routine. Working at the big...
The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man – Review

It seems oddly fitting that The Invisible Man should be released mere days after the conviction of sex offender Harvey Weinstein. Once part of the ill-fated ‘Dark Universe’, now in the hands of director...
Darkwaters

Dark Waters – Review

The opening scene of Todd Haynes’ latest feature immediately evokes Jaws, as a group of giggling, beer-fueled teenagers trespass for a midnight swim. The killer in the water, however, is not quite as easy to...
Siberia

Siberia – Berlinale 2020 Review

Abel Ferrara’s latest film blends a quintessential man vs. nature struggle and the age-old search for life’s meaning with a heavy dose of metaphysics. Siberia, however, does nothing narratively or...