Matthew St.Clair

Late Night Movie Review: Emma Thompson Is Incredibly Pitch Perfect

While Late Night is full of high points, one of its best ones is how it points out the fallacies of any ...
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TIFF 2021 Movie Review: ‘As in Heaven’ Both Distresses and Visually Captivates

Tea Lindeburg’s feature directorial debut As in Heaven isn’t exactly categorized as a horror film, yet it almost feels like ...
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TIFF 2021 Movie Review: Odessa Young and Josh O’Connor Dazzle in Sensual ‘Mothering Sunday’

After scripting the BBC miniseries Normal People which was cited for its frank portrayal of sexual intimacy, screenwriter Alice Birch ...
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Nine Days Movie Review: A Soul-Stirring Piece of Minimalist Science Fiction

Like any sci-fi masterpiece, Nine Days offers escapism with its fantastical concept while providing insightful commentary on ways of the ...
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Werewolves Within Movie Review: A Hair-Raising Horror-Comedy

Werewolves are more than just humans that turn into creatures under the shiny full moon. They’re also a manifestation of ...
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Cruella Movie Review: A Nearly Idiosyncratic Disney Retelling

Despite being a part of the family-friendly Disney brand, Cruella doesn’t entirely feel like a traditional Disney film which is ...
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The Retreat (2021) Movie Review: A Purely Functional Trip-from-Hell Thriller

When reading the synopsis to The Retreat, it reads like almost any other horror film about a trip gone wrong. ...
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Wrath of Man Movie Review: A Stock Jason Statham Action Starrer

One way to describe Wrath of Man is that it’s a Guy Ritchie movie. A machismo action flick with a ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Andrea Riseborough Once Again Shines in ‘Here Before’

One word that can be used to describe Andrea Riseborough is "dauntless." The unsung British actress has proven there’s no ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: ‘Best Summer Ever’ Sings with Inclusivity

Without necessarily pitting the two films against each other, Best Summer Ever makes movies like the highly controversial Golden Globe ...
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Moffie Movie Review: A Dive into the Underworld of Chauvinism

Moffie, the latest effort from South African filmmaker Oliver Hermanus, isn’t a horror movie. However, it almost feels like one. ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: Udo Kier is Flawless in ‘Swan Song’

Over the course of his career that spans almost six decades, German actor Udo Kier has been one of those ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: ‘Language Lessons’ Reminds Us of the Value of Connection

Given how it’s been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic happened, the thought of watching an entire film involving people ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: ‘See You Then’ Is a Vital and Intimate Telling of Womanhood

For a short, 74-minute movie about two old flames reuniting over the course of one night, See You Then manages ...
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SXSW 2021 Movie Review: ‘Potato Dreams of America’ Is Imaginatively Profound

Queer youth goes on a journey of self-discovery while concealing their identity out of fear. A simple story that we’ve ...
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The Vigil Movie Review: A Minimalist Exercise in Paralyzing Grief

A limited setting, an ominous score, and a “things go bump in the night” storyline. All are three simple yet ...
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Malcolm & Marie Movie Review: A Frustratingly Distressing Acting Showcase

Malcolm & Marie, the new Netflix drama starring John David Washington and Zendaya as our titular couple whose relationship is ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: ‘Ma Belle, My Beauty’ Is a Simple and Exotic Polyamorous Romance

Historically, cinema has had a fixation with monogamous two-person couples and love triangles involving two people vying for the affections ...
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Sundance 2021 Review: ‘Censor’ Is a Perceptive Fever Dream

When you’re deeply unsatisfied with the job that you have, it can feel like your soul is being crushed. Especially ...
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Saint Maud Movie Review: A Devilishly Terrific Directorial Debut

Typically, horror films centering on young women in peril involve them being put in a group that gets picked off ...
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The Midnight Sky Movie Review: Astronomically Insipid

Clearly, George Clooney can’t get enough of space. After previously getting stranded with Sandra Bullock in space in Gravity, he ...
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Wander Darkly Movie Review: A Decent Meditation on Love in the Afterlife

Wander Darkly follows Matteo (Diego Luna) and Adrienne (Sienna Miller), a couple whose relationship is on the rocks. Once they ...
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Ammonite Movie Review: Winslet and Ronan Get Lost at Sea

Similar to director Francis Lee's feature debut God's Own Country, Ammonite is an incredibly minimalist romance set against the backdrop ...
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Happiest Season Movie Review: A Vital Holiday Rom-Com

One way to describe co-writer/director Clea DuVall's Happiest Season is that it serves as a heartfelt holiday gem as satisfying as ...
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Jungleland Movie Review: Packs a Nearly Rigorous Punch

The newest fighting drama Jungleland feels like a cross between The Fighter and Of Mice and Men. Like the former ...
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Dating Amber Movie Review: Well-Acted and Painfully Frank

Dating Amber is easily the first coming-of-age queer story I've seen to give me such severe PTSD. Seeing the two ...
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Kindred (2020) Movie Review: A Nearly Surface-Level Chiller

This year, we have a clear trend of eerily similar horror films about women dealing with gaslighting and fighting for ...
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The Forty-Year-Old Version Movie Review: A Winningly Profound Directorial Debut

The benefit of artistic expression is that it allows artists to vent their frustrations. Whether it’s through a script, a ...
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TIFF 2020 Review: Get the Hell Out Is an Incredibly Bonkers Zombie Comedy

To put it bluntly, Get the Hell Out is a lot. A lot of storyline and thematic material rolled into one adrenaline-fueled ...
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TIFF 2020 Review: Violation Mixes Heavy-Handed Symbolism with Harrowing Trauma

When Violation first opens, it shows a wolf observing its dying prey. Accompanied by an ominous score, the opening sequence provides a ...
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The Devil All the Time Movie Review: Actors Elevate Excessively Grim Crime Drama

As William Shakespeare famously wrote in his play The Tempest, “Hell is empty. And all the devils are here.” Words that ...
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Entwined Movie Review: An Ingenious yet Underdeveloped Horror Pic

When our main protagonist Panos (Prometheus Aleiferopoulos) enters the ominous town of Alyti, he's informed that he's the only and ...
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I’m Thinking of Ending Things Movie Review: Charlie Kaufman’s Eccentric Foray into Horror

I'm Thinking of Ending Things has a seemingly straightforward plot. Woman goes on a road trip with her partner to meet ...
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The Lawyer (2020) Movie Review: Builds a Solid Case

Given how The Lawyer is about two men who form an instant connection as they take part in online dating, it offers ...
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Summerland Movie Review: A Satisfactory Lesbian Drama

After starring as Vita Sackville-West in Vita & Virginia, Gemma Arterton continues her small niche of starring in lesbian period dramas ...
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The Old Guard Movie Review: An Insightful Thrill Ride

Unlike usual film adaptations of comic books, it's hard to necessarily label The Old Guard as a superhero film. It does feature ...
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Relic (2020) Movie Review: Gritty Familial Horror with Supernatural Elements

Relic is a rare example of an atmospheric horror film that opts for sadness rather than scares. While it does present ...
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The Truth (2019) Movie Review: Truthfully Middle-Ground

In a way, The Truth feels like a spiritual sequel to Clouds of Sils Maria. Another film distributed by IFC Films dealing with ...
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House of Hummingbird Movie Review: A Coming-of-Age Story with Peculiar Wings

The aptly titled House of Hummingbird follows 14-year-old Eun-hee (Park Ji-hoo) as she tries to fly her way through life without a ...
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Disclosure (2020) Movie Review: Emotionally Informative

Disclosure is a look at the way the trans community is represented in the media told through the voices of artists ...
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The Short History of the Long Road Movie Review: A Subversive Portrayal of Adolescence

The Short History of the Long Road is a simple, slice-of-life road movie that takes some jarring U-turns. What starts off as ...
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I Will Make You Mine Movie Review: A Love Quadrangle Also About Music

Contrary to what the title may suggest, I Will Make You Mine is not some kind of twisted stalker thriller. While it ...
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Body Cam Movie Review: Almost as Horrific as Real Life

Grief itself is a ghost. A relic from the past that finds ways to haunt us wherever we go. It ...
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CRSHD Movie Review: A Vigorous and Earnest Directorial Debut

CRSHD follows a similar pattern to other “one wild night” comedies involving a group of friends looking to engage in a ...
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Bull (2020) Movie Review: Rob Morgan Takes the Lead

Within a span of a few years, Rob Morgan has quickly become one of our finest character actors. He's gone ...
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15 Years Movie Review: A Plaintive Gay Relationship Drama

15 Years is a gay romance that is as universal as it is culturally specific. As it dives into the domestication ...
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Circus of Books Movie Review: Mom and Dad Run a Porn Shop

When Karen and Barry Mason opened up Circus of Books, an LA gay-porn shop, at first, it was a simple ...
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The Other Lamb Movie Review: A Surface-Level Lucid Nightmare

The Other Lamb follows the journey of Selah (Raffey Cassidy), a girl who was born into an all-female cult called The ...
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Inside the Rain Movie Review: A Pretty Heartfelt Mental Illness Dramedy

Rosie Perez has been having a slight career resurgence, having recently stole the show in Birds of Prey and being a highlight ...
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Swallow Movie Review: Haley Bennett Carries Slow Burn Psychological Thriller

Hunter (Haley Bennett) seems to have it all. An idyllic home life with a wealthy and seemingly supportive husband, Richie ...
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Saint Frances Movie Review: A Topical Gem of Less Biblical Proportions

It seems that even in today's society, the idea of a woman not wanting to be a parent is viewed ...
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Sundance 2020 Review: ‘I Carry You with Me’ and ‘Minari’ Handle Themes of Home and Immigration

The Sundance Film Festival is typically a strong hub for breakout indies that are U.S.-based and in the English language. ...
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Birds of Prey Movie Review: A Chaotic Breath of Fresh Air in the DCEU

Given how Margot Robbie was one of the few saving graces of Suicide Squad, it should come as no surprise ...
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Sundance 2020 Review: Promising Young Woman Is a Promising Directorial Debut

When Promising Young Woman begins, a cover of the song “It’s Raining Men” plays in the background as Cassie (Carey ...
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The Garden Left Behind Movie Review: A Simplistic Political Experience

When artists like Alicia Vikander and Jared Leto win prestigious awards for movies handling the trans experience, dedicating their awards ...
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Sundance 2020 Review: The Nest Is a Colossal Bore

Sean Durkin's awaited follow-up to Martha Marcy May Marlene has the makings of a strong retro thriller, yet succumbs to being like ...
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Sundance 2020 Review: Ben Whishaw is the Driving Force of Surge

Ben Whishaw has a knack for playing characters down on their luck with Joseph from Surge being the latest entry in his ...
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Sundance 2020 Review: Herself and Miss Juneteenth are Actress Vehicles About Hopefulness

When one hits a speed bump in life, it's never too late to try and start over. Two films that ...
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Sundance 2020 Review: ‘Falling’ Definitely Falls Flat

Viggo Mortensen's directorial debut Falling attempts to dive into the uncomfortable topic of families divided over politics, yet succumbs to its need ...
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Zombi Child Movie Review: A Slow Exploration of Voodoo and Adolescence

With Zombi Child, director Bertrand Bonello pulls off both a reinvigoration of the zombie genre and a reclaiming of its origins. ...
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1917 Movie Review: A Visually Bold Look at the Heart of War

After reinvigorating the Bond franchise with Skyfall and ending his run on a whimper with Spectre, director Sam Mendes makes a leap into ...
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Like A Boss Movie Review: A Middling Investment

The new comedy Like A Boss is like a cone of vanilla ice cream with sprinkles. It does its job at being ...
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Atlantics Movie Review: A Frighteningly Romantic Mood Piece

Atlantics, the Senegalese submission for the Best International Feature Oscar, walks a thin tightrope as it balances two genres rather ...
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Little Women (2019) Movie Review: A Heartwarming Story Reinvigoration

After making the masterpiece that was Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig followed that up with an adaptation of Little Women and initially, its announcement ...
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Bombshell (2019) Movie Review: A Well-Acted Yet Slightly Empty Procedural Drama

Given how Bombshell has a seriocomic tone, depicts conservative media figures, and is written by Oscar-winner Charles Randolph who collaborated with Adam ...
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Knives and Skin Movie Review: A Wonderfully Hazy Suburban Nightmare

When looking at just the title for Knives and Skin, one might understandably expect a fair amount of violence to be ...
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Queen & Slim Movie Review: A Poetic Form of Protest Art

Among the various music videos that director Melina Matsoukas has made, the one for “Formation” by Beyonce is easily one ...
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Charlie’s Angels (2019) Movie Review: A Heavenly Sequel Stuck in Purgatory

The latest sequel in the Charlie's Angels franchise acts as both a continuation of the original story and an attempt at world ...
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Radioflash Movie Review: A Mere Concept-Driven Post-Apocalyptic Story

In today's techno-driven environment, Radioflash feels rather timely. In fact, it opens with our main character Reese (Brighton Sharbino) playing a virtual-reality ...
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Ford v Ferrari Movie Review: Bale and Damon Rev Up This Engine

If Ford v Ferrari had come out in the 1990's or 2000's, it would've been a guaranteed box-office success. In today's tentpole ...
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Queen of Hearts (2019) Movie Review: Trine Dyrholm Guides This Effective Melodrama

Queen of Hearts, Denmark's Oscar submission for Best International Feature Film, is indeed a slight parable to Alice in Wonderland. However, ...
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Harriet Movie Review: Cynthia Erivo Carries Slightly Formulaic Biopic

Ever since she won rapturous acclaim for her Tony-winning performance as Celie in the musical The Color Purple, Cynthia Erivo's film ...
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By the Grace of God Movie Review: An Effectively Procedural Account of Sexual Abuse

Given how Spotlight came out four years ago and also covers the topic of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, it's hard not ...
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Dolemite is My Name Movie Review: Eddie Murphy is Back

When '70s stand-up comic Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) decided to enter the movie business, it was a rough road ...
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Joker Movie Review: Self-Important, Nihilist Drivel

Going into Joker, which serves as an origin story for Batman's archnemesis, one shouldn't expect it to be any laughing matter. ...
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Judy Movie Review: Renee Zellweger Elevates Glorified Wikipedia Entry

With Judy, Renee Zellweger has found a perfect fusion of actor and character. The story of Judy Garland trying to get ...
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Ad Astra Movie Review: A Wonderfully Philosophical Sci-Fi Opus

After starring in The Tree of Life, Brad Pitt stars in Ad Astra which feels like Terrence Malick in space. While not a ...
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TIFF 2019 Capsule Reviews: ‘Pain and Glory’ and ‘Bad Education’

Both Pain and Glory and Bad Education are completely different films, yet they’re connected by their depictions of middle-aged gay ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: Dev Patel Dazzles in ‘The Personal History of David Copperfield’

One way to describe The Personal History of David Copperfield is that it's a change of pace. It's a stretch ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: Riz Ahmed is a Powerhouse in Sound of Metal

Sound of Metal is definitely my tempo. One key reason is that it’s a starring vehicle for Riz Ahmed. He’s ...
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TIFF 2019 Capsule Reviews: ‘Jojo Rabbit’ and ‘Knives Out’ Allow Change in Directorial Pace

One major plus of being in a franchise is using your clout to make bold, original material. Whether you’re an ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Is Incredibly Wondrous

Just last year, the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? offered a heart wrenching look at the life of the ...
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TIFF 2019 Capsule Reviews: Two Cannes Favorites Make a Big Splash

At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, we’ve gotten two Cannes premieres from foreign directors exercising films that are simultaneous ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: ‘Waves’ Is Emotionally Shattering and Immersive

Given how Waves is a coming-of-age story about an African-American male growing up in south Florida made by A24 Films, ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: Jennifer Lopez Is Oscar Worthy in ‘Hustlers’

While Jennifer Lopez has proven herself to be a successful movie star, it feels like it’s been a while since ...
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TIFF 2019 Movie Review: Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx are the Strong Force of ‘Just Mercy’

When Destin Daniel Cretton arrived with Short Term 12, he announced himself as a humanistic voice in the indie world. ...
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Ready or Not Movie Review: A Brilliantly Scathing Horror Satire

Getting married can be absolutely terrifying. It's not just scary because of the nuptials or the uncertainty of what lies ...
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Vita & Virginia Movie Review: Disappointingly Dry with Committed Lead Performances

When Vita & Virginia first opens, Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton) explains the gender roles expected within her time period. Despite being a ...
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Tigers Are Not Afraid Movie Review: A Phantasmagoric Fairy Tale

Guillermo del Toro's singular vision remains so significant that it feels present in films produced by him or in this ...
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The Heiresses Movie Review: Three Central Performances Carry This Distant Drama

The Heiresses is a small indie that breaks slight new ground for lesbian cinema. In a queer subgenre filled with pictures ...
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Blinded by the Light Movie Review: An Immensely Triumphant Coming-of-Age Tale

Bruce Springsteen's music may be culturally specific with songs like “Born in the U.S.A.” describing the American experience. However, Blinded by ...
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Movie Review: Terrifyingly Serviceable

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark may be a Guillermo del Toro production, yet his singular directorial vision still feels ...
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Wild Rose Movie Review: A Star is Born in Jessie Buckley

Anyone who's had a dream might often be told they can achieve it if they set their mind to it. ...
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Once Upon A Time…in Hollywood Movie Review: Middle-Ground Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino's previous feature The Hateful Eight was a demonstration of both his strongest and weakest qualities as a filmmaker. His follow-up, ...
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The Lion King (2019) Movie Review: Purrs Rather Than Roars

Given the iconic status of the 1994 animated classic The Lion King, there may be some panic over whether the new ...
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Outfest 2019 Review: Sell By Is Directly Accessible and Rather Progressive

Sell By may be queer themed since it centers around a homosexual couple coming to grips with their turbulent relationship. Yet, ...
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A Faithful Man Movie Review: Rom-Com Written with Impressive Finesse

Louis Garrel's sophomore directorial effort A Faithful Man is certainly loyal to particular romantic-comedy traditions. It's both traditional and a slight deconstruction ...
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Midsommar Movie Review: A Luminous Hellscape

When Ari Aster made his feature film debut with Hereditary, it was a demented portrait of grief and anxiety covered in ...
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The Chambermaid (2019) Movie Review: A Wonderfully Facile Character Study

On the surface, it doesn't seem like The Chambermaid is about much. It's about a maid named Eve (Gabriela Cartol) who works ...
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BAMcinemaFest 2019 Review: De Lo Mio Is a Sincere Directorial Debut

There's always that old saying about home being where the heart is. The family drama De Lo Mio revolves around that traditional ...
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Men in Black: International Movie Review: A Neuralyzing Experience

To quote Emma Thompson's character, Men in Black: International feels like a case of deja vu dismissed just as quickly. It features ...
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Dark Phoenix Movie Review: A Frustratingly Regressive Conclusion

The last time the “Dark Phoenix” saga from the X-Men comics was adapted for the big screen was in X-Men: The ...
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Starfish (2019) Movie Review: A Wonderfully Ambitious Sci-Fi Pic About Grief

Starfish is an ambitious piece of science fiction that manages to keep afloat despite its attempt to juggle two vastly different ...
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Ma Movie Review: Octavia Spencer Elevates Campy Thriller

Most horror films don't always rely on star power with Ma being a rare exception. With the involvement of names like Academy ...
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Always Be My Maybe (2019) Movie Review: Charming and Incredibly Subversive

Kind of like the Mariah Carey song the title references, Always Be My Maybe feels like a catchy pop tune. You know ...
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Diamantino Movie Review: A Wonderfully Bizarre Camp Thriller

Whenever the main character, soccer player Diamantino Matamouros (Carloto Cotta), steps onto the soccer field, he imagines himself seeing cute ...
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Booksmart Movie Review: A Hilarious Romp with Immense Sincerity

Booksmart may be about two high school seniors looking to go to a big party the night before graduation. However, it's ...
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Rocketman Movie Review: Incredibly Sublime with a Masterful Taron Egerton Performance

It feels like it's been a long, long time since we've seen a biopic depicted with as much gusto and ...
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Her Smell Movie Review: Elisabeth Moss Roars with Greatness

If there are performances from leading ladies this year more brazen and committed than Elisabeth Moss' in Her Smell, then it's ...
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Pasolini Movie Review: An Ambitious Biopic with a Brilliantly Refined Willem Dafoe Performance

Pasolini seems like it has similar DNA to the work of Lars von Trier. It features grainy, Dogme-style cinematography along with ...
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The Skin of the Teeth Movie Review: A Rare Queer Horror Flick Done with Effort and Intent

If there are any fallacies within the horror genre that people like to bring up, it's the never-ending set of ...
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Tribeca 2019 Review: In Fabric Is Terrifically Sewn Together

Pardon the pun, but In Fabric feels like it's cut from the same cloth as classic giallo fare. The emphasis on color ...
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Tribeca 2019 Review: Julianne Nicholson is Pitch Perfect in the Wonderfully Distorted Initials S.G.

What happens when you put soccer, romance, a dead body, music, and porn into one movie? You get Initials S.G., a ...
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Tribeca 2019 Review: Charlie Says is an Insightful Look Into a Heart of Darkness

Director Mary Harron may be famous for the 2000 pitch black satire American Psycho. But now, she has helmed a project ...
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Tribeca 2019 Review: Sasheer Zamata Successfully Carries The Weekend, An Ingenious Rom Com

After helming the decently made disability tearjerker Everything, Everything, Stella Meghie not only does something completely different but a slight reinvigoration ...
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Tribeca 2019 Review: Zoey Deutch is a Force of Nature in Buffaloed

Zoey Deutch is one of those performers who should have a bigger movie star career yet hasn't quite taken off. ...
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Tell It to the Bees Movie Review: Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger Carry Uneven Romance

Tell It to the Bees may be about a romance between two women who defy the conservative community they reside in. ...
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Tribeca 2019 Review: Flawless Brilliantly Offers a Profound Story About Self-Acceptance

Typically, films about high school students deal with conflicts like trying to fit in or the outcasts overcoming the villainous ...
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Tribeca 2019 Review: Lucky Grandma Hits the Jackpot

There are moments in life where we feel our luck runs out completely. However, for Grandma Wang (Tsai Chin), it ...
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Tribeca 2019 Review: Luce Is a Well-Acted and Necessarily Searing Racial Drama

One amazing thing about the drama Luce is that practically every character is hard to pin down. Despite the film dealing with ...
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Tribeca Film Festival 2019 Review: Burning Cane Is a Visceral yet Rhythmic Directing Debut

The Devil may not be an enemy that can be seen at first glance. However, he can still take many ...
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Rafiki Movie Review: A Harmonious Portrayal of Queer Love

One way to describe Rafiki is that it feels triumphant. Partially because it was able to overcome its country-wide ban that nearly ...
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Little Movie Review: Typical yet Amusing Body-Swap Comedy

The central premise of Little is that it's pretty much a reverse Big. It depicts a 30-something woman who magically becomes her 13-year-old ...
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Sauvage Movie Review: A Fiercely Unsentimental Character Study

When Sauvage first opens, Leo (Felix Maritaud) is in what seems to be a doctor's office. The older man examining Leo asks ...
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The Wind (2018) Movie Review: A Traditional Psychological Thriller with Unsettling Flair

Loneliness can be killer. Living in a world of both physical and mental isolation can cause a whirlwind of despair ...
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The Mustang Movie Review: Matthias Schoenaerts Carries This Poetic Gem

When The Mustang first opens, it seems like it's going to be a preachy, political demonstration of how endangered wild mustangs currently ...
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Tribeca Film Festival 2018 Review: Cargo Is a Powerful Zombie Drama

When it comes to films depicting the zombie apocalypse, we see the same repetitive formula: Survivors must fight for their ...
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A Quiet Place Movie Review: Silence Has Never Been So Scary

Even though just saying the title now gives me chills, I will not stay silent on how amazing A Quiet ...
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