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<i>The Favourite</i> is a Carnal, Comical Survival of the Fittest

The Favourite is a Carnal, Comical Survival of the Fittest

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12/06/2018

Beneath layers of starched pleats and prim petticoats, the trio of well-stationed women who animate the ornate corridors of director Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest have claws. But this is no mere cat fight: the ladies of Queen Anne’s England are obliged to stay sharp in the scheming context that Lanthimos constructs, a well-bred past wherein the…

<i>The Miracle Season</i> is Average, But in a Good Way

The Miracle Season is Average, But in a Good Way

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04/13/2018

There is a genre of film, often based on true stories, that is characterized by its coupling of heart-wrenching tragedies with inspirational tales of hope and redemption. The Miracle Season fits within this formulaic mold, but as far as tragedy-turned-triumph movies go, the film is a positive representation of cinema of its kind. Directed by…

<i>The Death of Stalin</i> Is a Darkly Funny Portrait of Political Chaos

The Death of Stalin Is a Darkly Funny Portrait of Political Chaos

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03/20/2018

Armando Iannucci is no stranger to biting political satire. The two works he’s best known for, BBC’s “The Thick of It” and HBO’s “Veep,” both possess a take-no-prisoners approach to mocking the petty machinations and manipulations of the British and American political systems. With his most recent work, “The Death of Stalin,” based off a…

Precise and Vivid, <i>Foxtrot</i> is a Striking Love Letter

Precise and Vivid, Foxtrot is a Striking Love Letter

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03/20/2018

Foxtrot begins with a faint. Men in uniform have come to the home of affluent Tel Aviv couple Michael and Dafna (Lior Ashkenazi and and Sarah Adler, respectively), their arrival a tacit announcement of tragedy: Michael and Dafna’s son has fallen in the line of duty. Backdropped by art that looks like grief itself—a framed…

<i>Game Night</i> : A Refreshingly Light, Creative Film

Game Night : A Refreshingly Light, Creative Film

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03/02/2018

Game Night begins with an irresistibly funny and ridiculous montage in which the main couple meets that sets the tone for the entire film. Max and Annie (Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams) are two crazy-competitive masters of gaming who fall madly in love with one another over their mutual obsession with competition. The strength of…

<i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i> is Half of a Great <i>Star Wars</i> film

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is Half of a Great Star Wars film

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12/16/2017

Two films into a new trilogy, and three films into the new Disney era in a galaxy far, far away, audiences have yet to get something completely new from the creative team at Lucasfilm. The Force Awakens, while undeniably familiar and derivative, worked as a reinvigoration of the franchise. Rogue One provided an intriguing expansion…

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