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    Film Review: ‘The Fight’ Champions the ACLU’s Unrelenting Spirit

    Eli Despres, Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg’s informative “The Fight” is an organizational unmasking of the American Civil Liberties Union. Winning a special jury award for “Social Impact Filmmaking,” the fervent documentary reinforces what is at stake this November. Even one of the most prominent figures followed – voting rights lawyer Dale Ho – acknowledges […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Shine Your Eyes’ Searches for Elusive Meaning in the Streets of São Paulo

    You may not know it from its typical portrayals in the media, but Brazil’s São Paolo is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities. As one character remarks in Matias Mariani’s debut feature “Shine Your Eyes,” this bustling metropolis “could very well be London.” Much like that European melting pot, São Paolo is home […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Impetigore’ Reckons With Grave Consequences of Past Horrors

    Joko Anwar’s haunted village thriller, “Impetigore,” has more on its mind than just curses and conspiracies. This Sundance horror breakout grapples with Indonesian class strife and the resentment that stems from it. Carried across generations, such enmity against the privileged – who have the luxury to leave behind the destitution they create – is destined […] More

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    Film Review: ‘The Painted Bird’ Is Historical Art At Its Most Painful

    Václav Marhoul’s “The Painted Bird” makes “The Revenant” look like a stroll in the park. Through nine grueling chapters, audiences endure one of the most heart-wrenching World War II stories ever told. Adapted from Jerzy Kosinski’s bleak novel of the same name, this black-and-white retelling of a Jewish war orphan’s (Petr Kotlár) abuse-ridden journey across […] More

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    Film Review: ‘The Beach House’ Is a Tidal Wave of Terrestrial Terror

    When it comes to desolate oceanfront vacations, it’s best to keep your baggage at home. In the case of Jeffrey A. Brown’s debut “The Beach House,” that means leaving behind benign personal crises since things are about to get a lot more malignant. Admittedly, nothing can prepare college couple Emily and Randall (Liana Liberto and […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Relic’ Is Devastating in Its Brilliance

    Dementia is one of the most insidious illnesses to befall the elderly, and Natalie Erika James uses it as the foundation for the deeply unnerving and surprisingly emotional horror story, “Relic.” It begins with the type of phone call no one ever wants to receive: “Your elderly mother is missing.” Kay (Emily Mortimer) and her […] More

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    Film Review: ‘The Old Guard’ Is a Fresh Take on the Timeless Need for Superheroes

    After years of directorial excellence, Gina Prince-Bythewood is finally granted a budget worthy of her greatness. “The Old Guard” marks the first superhero movie released by a major studio with a Black woman at the helm. Without the pressures of franchise uniformity, Prince-Bythewood uses the popular genre to dig into the everlasting merits of heroism. […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Irresistible’ Is an Intermittently Biting Political Satire

    From the outset, Jon Stewart and Steve Carell seem like a formidable pair to spur the nation to save itself. After all, one has a history of aplomb political commentary while the other carries a reputation for turning the  jerks he plays into reflections of our most deplorable traits. Unfortunately, Stewart follows his directorial debut […] More

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    Film Review: ‘My Spy’ Is Cliched but Somewhat Charming

    It is a time-honored tradition that every big, tough action star must show their softer side in a family friendly movie with a pint-sized co-star. Schwarzenegger had “Kindergarten Cop.” Vin Diesel was “The Pacifier.” For John Cena, it was “Playing With Fire.” And now, Dave Bautista takes his turn in Amazon’s latest, “My Spy.” Bautista […] More

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    Film Review: ‘7500’ is a First-Class Comeback for Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Unlike the titular promise of Patrick Vollrath’s Academy Award-nominated live action short, everything will not be okay in “7500.” The German filmmaker’s feature film debut finds Joseph Gordon-Levitt returns to acting after a four-year hiatus, his tremendous talent unaffected by absence. As commercial airline copilot Tobias Ellis, Gordon-Levitt takes viewers on a seemingly uninterrupted, real-time […] More

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