Category: B

Bad Education (2020)

“It’s not perfect, but it works.” This line from Dr. Frank Tassone (Hugh Jackman) about halfway through the film builds the central contradiction that propels Cory Finley’s Bad Education like a rocket duct-taped to the bottom of a cheap skateboard. The polish and cold finesse of Finley’s previous film, Thoroughbreds, is noticeably missing here, trading…

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Never Rarely Sometimes Always can be broadly described as a coming-of-age film—the story of a teenage girl traveling with her cousin to procure an abortion is dependent on the main character’s young age—but as with her previous two features, It Felt Like Love and Beach Rats, Eliza Hittman’s narrow focus and unconventional approach makes it…

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Days

Cinema without dialogue seems like a strange thing, especially outside the realm of silent film, and even more so when set in a bustling city. The new feature from Taiwanese-Malaysian director Tsai Ming-liang is a slow meditation on loneliness and eroticism. Days opens with a title card that reads “intentionally unsubtitled.” This is not a…

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Premature

Adolescence is a troubling time for almost everyone. Our teenage years are a time for growth, but that growth often comes from negative experiences. We learn about our place in the world, assess our past selves, and try to move on to become better. If we’re lucky, we overcome those negative events in our past…

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Antigone (2019)

Some tales are truly timeless. Adaptable to all eras, they can teach lessons that have been known to be important but remained unlearned throughout recorded history. Antigone, the Ancient Greek tragedy written by Sophocles, is one such story that, as with many of the Greek classics, to paraphrase Nietzsche, serves to lay out the fundamentals…

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Miss Americana

If you’ve paid any modicum of attention to popular music in the past twenty years or so, you know Taylor Swift. She knows that you know her. Her private life has been a constant in the tabloids, with her Kimye-fueled feud and revolving door of boyfriends almost eclipsing her career as a recording artist. No…

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The Lodge

This January was an abysmal month for horror films. The Grudge became the first film to receive an F CinemaScore in over 2 years, and a mere 3 weeks later, The Turning became the second. So, The Lodge couldn’t arrive at a better time to breathe life into the season, though its focus on atmosphere…

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Weathering with You

The weather and climate play a huge role in the way we live our lives and do our daily activities. But the problem is we don’t realize enough how important they are. We keep damaging our nature, littering every river, and burning what shouldn’t have burned until it’s all too late. Makoto Shinkai‘s latest anime…

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Underwater

“We drilled to deep, took too much. And now she’s taking it all back.” I can wholeheartedly state that starting my 2020 theatre experience with William Eubank‘s claustrophobic sci-fi thriller, Underwater, was a grand success. Led by one of the best working actresses and personal favorites, Kristen Stewart, Underwater is marketed as a sort of…

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Zombi Child

Bertrand Bonello’s last film, Nocturama, followed a group of disaffected Parisian youths as they committed terrorist acts across the city and subsequently holed up in a shopping mall overnight to avoid authorities. It was enigmatic, toying with structure to disorient the audience and offering no context or motivation for their destructive actions, instead challenging the…

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