Drama

All the Old Knives (2022)

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All the Old Knives (2022)

Amazon Prime, what are you doing?  2002 nostalgia?  Is that what this is? All the Old Knives employs all the old post-9/11 hack-fried government paranoia and disorientation.  A little “24” here, a little Bourne Identity there, fused with the kinds of clip-editing, ominous music and who-do-you trust aesthetics that have padded Liam Neeson’s post-Taken career.  […]

| April 8, 2022
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Infinite Storm (2022)

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Infinite Storm (2022)

It must be written into the fabric of lone survivalist women in the movies that they can’t just brave the elements and come out the other side alive but psychologically dented, there has to be some personal baggage bringing up the rear, usually in the form of a recent tragedy.  It makes things, uh, you […]

| April 1, 2022
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Nitram (2022)

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Nitram (2022)

Justin Kurzel’s Nitram is one of the most unpleasant movies that I have seen in a good while, equal parts creepy, grungy and unsettling and yet . . , I am recommending it.  It is apparently all-too-easy to fashion together a movie about a disturbed youth who frustrates his parents, school officials, law enforcement, innocent bystanders […]

| April 1, 2022
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See You Then (2022)

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See You Then (2022)

Mari Walker’s See You Then has, to this point, been so compared with Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy that it almost seems like an afterthought to point it out.  Okay, yeah, the similarities are there.  Both are walk-and-talk dramas featuring lovers hashing out their problems while slipping their philosophies about life in between the conflict.  It’s a […]

| April 1, 2022
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Topside (2022)

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Topside (2022)

Topside opens in a very specific place with some very specific people.  They are New York’s homeless and they have built themselves a make-shift home in the dark abandoned subway tunnels using whatever old debris they could find – lamps, mattresses, plywood, doors.  We meet some of the people who live there, specifically a junkie […]

| March 25, 2022
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Mothering Sunday (2022)

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Mothering Sunday (2022)

Mothering Sunday is one of the most expertly crafted films that I’ve seen in a very long time.  Luminous, slowly-paced and beautifully edited, it constructs the ways in which the memory works.  Most flashbacks in movies happen in short bursts or long narratives, but the director Eva Husson and the writer Alice Birch (adapting a […]

| March 25, 2022
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Ahed’s Knee (2022)

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Ahed’s Knee (2022)

When Ahed’s Knee ended, I experienced a somewhat frustrating day-long period of trying to decide how I felt about it.  The film is challenging, there’s no doubt about that, an artistic statement about the state of director Nadav Lapid’s native country and his desire to be free as an artist, but how does this all […]

| March 18, 2022
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Alice (2022)

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Alice (2022)

Alice is a terrible movie.  It’s crude, obvious, badly written and filmed so awkwardly that it loses the momentum of its biggest surprise.  And yet . . . and yet!  Underneath all of the amateurish nonsense lies a potentially good movie. The film is the latest product of the new black visibility but one would […]

| March 18, 2022
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