Category: C-

Disco (2019)

Disco is coming of age tightly wound with religion. Much like Alice Rohrwacher‘s  Corpo Celeste, it’s about the effect intense religious pressure within Christian denominations has on a young woman.  Mirjam (SKAM’s Josefine Frida Pettersen) is 19 years old, and a world champion freestyle disco dancer. Her Evangelical church takes great pride in this, and…

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The Last Thing He Wanted

I firmly believe that Dee Rees is a good filmmaker. I feel like I should get that point out of the way before I go any farther into this. Pariah is one of my favorite films, an empathetic story of a teenaged, lesbian African-American. It was a queer film in the modern era before queer…

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True History of the Kelly Gang

Boy No other figure in history captures Australia’s obsession with the outlaw hero persona as perfectly as Edward ‘Ned’ Kelly – the 19th century bushranger whose final uttered words find themselves inscribed in the flesh of more than a handful across this land: “Such is life.” His life and death have indeed indelibly marked the…

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The Gentlemen

After years of making sequels and seemingly studio mandated films that generally received a mixed to negative critical reception and low box office returns, aside from last year’s billion-dollar grossing Aladdin live-action remake of the 1992 classic animated film, Guy Ritchie has finally returned to making original concept films with The Gentlemen. Unfortunately, The Gentlemen…

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Bad Boys for Life

Bad Boys for Life was something I never expected to happen – even when it was announced – but I was intrigued on what a Bad Boys film would look like all these years later. Surely a film as hateful and outwardly repugnant as Bad Boys II couldn’t exist today, so I anticipated something more…

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Just Mercy

It’s tough to make a truly standout courtroom drama. Most of the celebrated ones are from the 1950s and 1960s, like 12 Angry Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Witness for the Prosecution, and Anatomy of a Murder (okay, that last one might not be as well known, but it absolutely should be!), and the surge…

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Black and Blue

“Murder is murder, don’t matter who you are!“ Contrary to what you might be thinking, no, I did not pull the short straw for this week’s new releases. Seeing as how I don’t get The Lighthouse, this week , I voluntarily opted to be the one to go see and review the latest Naomie Harris,…

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The King

            In 1965, Orson Welles wrote, directed, and starred in Chimes at Midnight, an adaptation of a variety of William Shakespeare’s plays, primarily those included in the Henriad. Welles had long held an interest in Shakespeare and adapted many of his plays to both stage and screen. Initially produced for live performance, Chimes at Midnight closed…

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