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NP Approved i am not your negro
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“You’ve been beaten, and it’s been deliberate,” said author James Baldwin in a 1984 interview with The Paris Review, describing the desperation of living in America. “The whole society has decided to make you nothing. And they don’t even know they’re doing it.” Five years earlier in 1979, Baldwin…

NP Approved the daughter
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It’s been the better part of two decades since Christian (Paul Schneider) has returned to his Australian home, having left for America years ago after his mother died. His reluctant return comes as his wealthy father Henry (Geoffrey Rush) is about to remarry to a woman younger than his disaffected son, and it’s no shock to anyone…

NP Approved silence
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There’s a moment in Silence, Martin Scorsese’s (Kundun, The Last Temptation of Christ) decades-in-the-making adaptation of Shūsaku Endō’s prize-winning1966 novel, when the central character, Father Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield), a Jesuit priest on a spiritual and physical journey in 17th Japan, gazes into a stream, finding…

NP Approved arrival
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There’s a moment in Arrival – Denis Villeneuve’s (Sicario, Enemy Prisoners, Incendies) latest film about the potentially devastating consequences of first contact with an alien species – where the central character, Louis Banks (Amy Adams), a linguistics professor, and Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner), a theoretical physicist, venture…

NP Approved Screen Shot 2016-07-03 at 11.15.44 AM
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There’s a moment in The BFG, Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s (The Iron Giant, The Witches, Matilda, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory) 1982 children’s classic, where the title character (“Big Friendly Giant”, not “Big F—ing Giant”), avoids detection in 1980s London by pretending to be a …

NP Approved Chevalier
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For most of us, buying a sleek new storage unit is an event. It’s not a high holiday or anything and we probably wouldn’t run to Instagram about it, unless we found ourselves pinned underneath in a tragicomic shelving assembly accident, but it’s an event all the same. For the rich men in Chevalier, the latest feature…

NP Approved Screen Shot 2016-04-23 at 10.09.58 AM
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Fearing for a character’s life is a feeling like no other, imbued with animalistic worry and a sense that you, the viewer, must come to grips with death’s grim reality right alongside them. But it’s not just a matter of character development or an immediately likable personality you’d hate to see gone, it’s …

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