Abby Webster

<i>Ad Astra</i> is Both Alienating and Deeply Human

Ad Astra is Both Alienating and Deeply Human

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09/27/2019

Bathed in the orange planetary glow of a Martian recording booth, astronaut Roy McBride (Brad Pitt) goes off-script. Roy, far from home on the Red Planet colony, is being used by superiors from Earth’s military space command to lure his father, Dr. Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones), out of hiding. Sixteen years prior, on a…

<i>The Goldfinch</i> is a Poor Reproduction of a Work of Art

The Goldfinch is a Poor Reproduction of a Work of Art

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09/21/2019

In a rustic West Village workshop, two ostensibly twin claw-foot chairs are set in front of a young Theodore Decker (Oakes Fegley): one an authentic piece of period furniture, the other a reproduction of the antique. The difference between them is tactile—as Theo runs his fingertips over the dark mahogany grain, he finds the reproduction…

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