Matthew St.Clair

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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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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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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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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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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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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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