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Apparently, not all (super) heroes wear capes, cowls, and spandex. Some heroes don’t wear them at all. Sometimes they wear two- or three-piece suits, a cleanly pressed shirt, and a matching tie. Sometimes they even carry an overstuffed briefcase filled with books on criminal law and procedure, and maybe even…

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Once every hundred years, the enchanted village of Brigadoon appears in the heather-covered Scottish highlands, visible for the day to any people who happen upon it. This century, the happeners are two jaded men from New York…

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If Happy Death Day feels like a rerun of a movie you’ve already seen, that’s because you have. It’s a slightly-blood-spattered Groundhog Day – emphasis on the “slightly,” since the film is essentially bowdlerized so that its target teen crowd doesn’t have to sneak in after purchasing tickets to Lego Ninjago Movie. Yes, here is a…

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The precise qualities of film noir are notoriously difficult to pin down; for many, it’s a know-it-when-you-see-it sort of thing. One of the least tangible qualities of a noir film is its tendency to play with conventional characterizations in ways that shock the audience while revealing hidden truths about our own society. Full…

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Behold, a possibly controversial opening statement: Blade Runner 2049 justifies the existence of its predecessor. The cult-classic 1982 Ridley Scott epic is well-revered but remains something of a conceptual skeleton: it opens the door to great thematic richness but only flirts with entering. 2049 enters and explores…

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Wish Upon (Broadgreen) stars Joey King (Independence Day, TV’s Fargo) as Clare, a lonely and unpopular 17-year-old girl who has been left in the care of her father (Ryan Phillippe, Crash, Shooter) after her mother killed herself when she was a little girl. Having witnessed her mother’s suicide firsthand, Clare is still affected by the loss and is now trying to make it through high school, where the customary teenage dramas, such as bullying by the mean …

Film Festival
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Bourges impressive feature conveys through a highly restrained formal structure how bureaucracy plays a role in the dehumanization of those caught in the system. His near mathematical use of long still takes paired with silence encourage the viewer to reflect inwardly; a sense of introspection forwards the film’s harmonized rhythm from beginning to end—a remarkable quality for a young director. Deftly…

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65 years after helping pioneer the French New Wave, Agnes Varda perpetuates the movement with yet another film which harks back to its origins—elements of intellectual self-reflection and realization. She brings to the fore the art of filming the process of filming which Godard in particular enmeshed in his otherwise fictitious films. With Faces Places, Varda and J.R.—a remarkable photographer and…

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