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Film Festival I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (dir. Macon Blair, 2017)
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It’s clear why Amman Abbasi has a background in music; his score for Dayveon can only be described as a thing of beauty, swelling into focus underneath striking images — two youths biking down a trail as sunlight creeps through the canopy above them, for example. Grief festers in the home and leaves us vulnerable when anywhere else, as Abbasi tells us during…

Film Festival The Berlin Syndrome
(dir. Cate Shortland)
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Jean-Paul Sartre once said “Hell is other people;” he was right. Hell, however, is also a seemingly random stranger, Andi (Max Riemelt), an English teacher at a German sports academy in Berlin, who kidnaps Clare (Teresa Palmer), an Australian photographer with an avowed interested in East German architecture after a one-night stand. Clare …

Film Festival Golden Exits (dir. Alex Ross Perry, 2017)
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Golden Exits: In less than a decade and four films, writer-director Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth, Listen Up, Philip, The Color Wheel) has shown incredible growth as a filmmaker. Each new film, a miniaturist character study in its own right, digs deeper into character and personality. Perry’s seemingly intuitive understanding of human nature…

Film Festival bad day for the cut
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Bad Day for the Cut: A revenge-thriller by any other name is still a revenge-thriller and in the case of Irish import Bad Day for the Cut, it’s a rote, routine revenge-thriller, elevated – if it’s elevated at all – by the location (Northern Ireland), history and context (the “Troubles” make a long unwanted reappearance), and the central character, a pot-bellied…

Film Festival Screen Shot 2017-01-25 at 12.27.57 PM
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Bushwick: The Second Civil War comes to the working-class neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn in Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion’s low-budget, pre-apocalyptic actioner, Bushwick. Wasting little time, Bushwick opens in mid-invasion, with Bushwick’s central character, Lucy (Brittany Snow), a grad-school student making the visit home …

Film Festival The Big Sick (dir. Michael Showalter, 2017)
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Anytime the phrase “crowd-pleaser” gets thrown into the descriptive mix for a film, mainstream or otherwise, emotional manipulation, often cheap, often predictable, isn’t far behind. Crowd-pleasers are like attention-starved 9-year-olds, ever eager for approval and appreciation, but sometimes – and this is one of those times – a crowd-pleaser…

Film Festival Swim Team (dir. Lara Stolman, 2016)
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Sometimes I get the privilege of reviewing films that move me. Stories if told right by their director or writer touch viewers with inspiring emotions or just a simple human experience that they can relate to. I had the opportunity of reviewing two films for the DOC NYC: one which I can connect with in the real world and hope others can to, and the other for revealing stories that so desperately need to be told…

Fantastic Fest james-mcavoy-split1-1
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In 2015, Jason Blum (Blumhouse Productions) and M. Night Shyamalan teamed up to create a creepy, effective thriller called The Visit. The film was low budget, forcing Shyamalan and his team to buckle down on the basics of filmmaking. The end result is a fine return to form for M. Night Shyamalan, whom many film lovers dismissed years ago. We’re proud to report that Split is a terrific film, placing M. Night Shyamalan back on track to making terrific films once again…

Film Festival hellodestroyer_04_1
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First thing I want to see about this film is the incredible cinematography by Benjamin Loeb. Capturing the long and harsh winters of Prince George, British Colombia, Loeb’s lens casts a clear, but perceptive eye with beautiful blue and green tones that blends in well with the bits of city life in the story…

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