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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>Avengers: Infinity War</i> Culminates into the Pinnacle of the Comic Book Movie Experience

Avengers: Infinity War Culminates into the Pinnacle of the Comic Book Movie Experience

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06/14/2018

It’s tough to write about Avengers: Infinity War, which marks an unprecedented moment in cinematic history: the culmination of a decade’s worth of world-building, character development, pop culture dominance, and fan involvement, in which seventeen films converge into one major motion picture event. It’s the kind of event made whole by the collection of personal…

<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>Annihilation</i> Redefines Modern Cerebral Sci-Fi

Annihilation Redefines Modern Cerebral Sci-Fi

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03/06/2018

As he proved most recently in Ex Machina, writer/director Alex Garland knows how to ratchet up tension subtly over time, until pieces either come together or scramble into chaos. With Annihilation, Garland proves this to be true once again, building on the intrigue of the famous sci-fi novel from which his most recent film is…

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