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Immaculate Review: A Committed Sydney Sweeney Performance and Gory Finale Can’t Save This Routine Horror
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Convent-set movies occupy a storied place in cinema history—one too vast to attempt summarization in this review. But it’s no matter because Immaculate stands to be a minor entry in both the crowded genre and in Sydney Sweeney’s present ascension...
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Free Time Review: Colin Burgess Searches for Meaning in the Modern World in Star-Making Turn
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Free Time opens on an office meeting between Drew (Colin Burgess) and his boss. Drew is dissatisfied with his data analysis position because it’s too much data entry and too little analysis. “The computers do all of the analysis for...
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SXSW Review: Bob Trevino Likes It is a Sweet, Kind, and Emotionally Satisfying Comedy
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A crowd-pleasing film based upon director Tracie Laymon’s experience talking with a stranger online at a low point in her life, Bob Trevino Likes It is a moving story that proves good people do exist in the world. With two...
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New to Streaming: Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell, Road House, Anselm, Dad & Step-Dad & More
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Each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit streaming platforms in the United States. Check out this week’s selections below and past round-ups here. After Blue (Bertrand Mandico) In the post-apocalyptic nightmare of After Blue, humanity—or what’s left of...
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Dev Patel’s Out for Revenge In New Trailer for Directorial Debut Monkey Man
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After nearly two decades of work in front of the camera, Dev Patel has crafted his directorial debut with the actioner Monkey Man. The Jordan Peele-produced feature, from Patel’s own story and screenplay he collaborated on with Paul Angunawela and...
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The Cronenberg Legacy Continues with Trailer for Caitlin Cronenberg’s Debut Humane
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When your surname’s a noun, adjective, and verb it behooves one to keep up the family legacy. As Brandon Cronenberg continued his feature-filmmaking career with last year’s Infinity Pool, Caitlin Cronenberg is staking a similar path with the dystopian satire...
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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: Diving into Dune, Oscar Nights, Kubrick, Blaxploitation, Akerman & More
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We are somehow now into the spring season, and while cinemas have been a tad dull (minus a few gems like Love Lies Bleeding, Drive-Away Dolls, and Dune: Part Two), noteworthy new books have arrived at a frantic pace. Here...
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The B-Side – Don Cheadle (with Mitchell Beaupre)
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Welcome to The B-Side, from The Film Stage. Here we talk about movie stars! Not the movies that made them famous or kept them famous, but the ones that they made in between. Today we have a conversation about what...
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Chime Review: Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Mid-Length Chiller Doesn’t Stay Long But Leaves Its Mark
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How do you even start to write about Chime, a film that keeps secrets guarded and lives off the shocks of its knife-edge turns? It’s safe to say the director is Kiyoshi Kurosawa. It’s also safe to say Chime is...
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In a Violent Nature Trailer: If Béla Tarr Made a Horror Slasher, It Would Look Like This
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What new perspective can one bring to the horror genre? With his directorial debut, Chris Nash answers this question with a resoundingly brutal and formally fascinating answer. Primarily following a murderer’s steps and slashes through his travels terrorizing those near...
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