Category: New Releases

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All These Sons: Tribeca At Home review

Gun violence is senseless. Nowhere in the United States is it more prevalent than Chicago, where more people are shot and killed than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. For filmmakers Joshua Altman and Bing Liu’s latest documentary All These Sons, approaching the sensitive subject meant dealing with the trauma and emotional scars that linger long after bullet wounds have healed. Their … Read More All These Sons: Tribeca At Home review

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In The Heights: Capturing the spirit of community

Much of great filmmaking comes down to proper world building, creating a community within the narrative to help bring the audience into an unfamiliar, unique place. Filmmakers often showcase the worlds in which they come from, which makes authentic portrayals of diverse communities rarer than they should be. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway smash hit took audiences into his community, a melting pot of Latino … Read More In The Heights: Capturing the spirit of community

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Wrath of Man: No saints, only sinners

As theaters begin the arduous process of trying to bring audiences back on a regular basis after more than a year away, it’s imperative that studios deliver signature films that represent the best of what cinema can do in every genre. Wrath of Man, the first film pairing action star Jason Statham with British auteur Guy Ritchie in over 15 years, is without question … Read More Wrath of Man: No saints, only sinners

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The Father: Waging war on aging

First time filmmakers delivering quality debut features has been a staple of this year’s award season with Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman and Regina King’s One Night in Miami… as standouts. Dramatist Florian Zeller has also become a name to watch in cinema, adapting his critically acclaimed stage play for the big screen and earning five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, two acting … Read More The Father: Waging war on aging

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WeWork: Myth of the unicorn

“If you tell a 30-something male that he’s Jesus Christ, he’s inclined to believe you.” – Scott Galloway, marketing professor at N.Y.U. An attractive, tall man stands in front of the camera, confident and charming in his demeanor yet fumbling over his words as he attempts to explain a “fundamental shift” in the real estate business. Quite suddenly, he lifts his leg and passes … Read More WeWork: Myth of the unicorn

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Godzilla vs Kong: Monster movie fight

Large scale spectacle often serves as a primary reason moviegoers head to the theaters, whether it be epic battles between rival medieval armies or spies preventing world destruction or comic book heroes saving the universe. In hopes for a big screen surge, Warner Brothers has put its faith in another tried and true blockbuster genre – the monster movie – with a gigantic showdown … Read More Godzilla vs Kong: Monster movie fight

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Another Round: To life’s freedoms and excesses

Danish teenagers play an unusual drinking game at the beginning of director Thomas Vinterberg’s new film. Teamed in pairs, they run around a large lake carrying a case of beer and must finish the entire load before they can cross the finish line, where adults cheer them on and police idly look on. It’s a familiar tradition in Denmark, a country whose laissez-faire attitudes … Read More Another Round: To life’s freedoms and excesses

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Same ingredients, brand new dish

For years, Marvel Studios has dominated the blockbuster landscape with countless feature films debuting superheroes, building team-ups and raking in cash. Its natural comic book rival, DC Comics, has always been behind the curve, attempting to play catch up by fast-tracking their way through Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman films to get to Justice League, their answer to The Avengers, a Joss Whedon movie … Read More Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Same ingredients, brand new dish

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I Care A Lot: The most legal of scams

Thousands of senior citizens from all walks of life across the country are currently under legal guardianship, a means by which elderly individuals incapacitated from being able to make health and financial decisions for themselves. In many situations, this is in the best interest of the individual, deemed a ward of the state and assigned a caretaker to assist with financial, medical and legal … Read More I Care A Lot: The most legal of scams

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Minari: Struggling toward the American dream

There’s something simple, yet elegant about director Lee Isaac Chung’s latest feature, a semi-autobiographical tale base on his childhood growing up in America’s heartland. The story is ordinary – and the cinema understated in large part – but there’s an ethereal quality to his film that opens with a young boy running in an empty field of green and never truly stops flowing in … Read More Minari: Struggling toward the American dream

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Nomadland: Perspectives from the road

Few casual moviegoers will find Chloé Zhao’s latest directorial effort to be their absolute favorite film of the year, but even fewer can reasonably argue that it may be among the very best. A haunting yet powerful portrait of a hidden life across the heartland, Nomadland finds some of the best of America wandering across the country in search of boundless freedom and of … Read More Nomadland: Perspectives from the road

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The United States vs. Billie Holiday: Melody a bit off-key

Directorial control over the course of a film can make or break the quality of a feature film. A strong hand at the wheel may lead to an exact, yet artistic vision that pierces the audience’s soul or a subtle touch might shine the light on a specific actor or highlight the nuances of the screenplay. Poor direction – or worse yet, ineffective direction … Read More The United States vs. Billie Holiday: Melody a bit off-key