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December 7, 2018

by Matt Lynch Film

The Favourite | Yorgos Lanthimos

December 7, 2018
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Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos has developed quite a novel shtick: He sets up extremely schematic scenarios that force his characters into very bleak decisions as a means of interrogating behavioral and moral codes he thinks are arbitrary or too rigid. That said, his sense of humor is so hilariously gnarly, and his style so self-consciously antiseptic, that it’s…

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by Matt Lynch Film

Roma | Alfonso Cuarón

December 7, 2018
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Although a bit of a scaling down from his previous tech-heavy outings, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma is nothing if not a fully realized vision: a deeply felt black and white love letter to the director’s youth, and more specifically, to the young maid who raised him. But the film lacks much in the way of insight beyond trite platitudes regarding class separation and blunt allusions to lost innocence. Cleo (Yalitza Aparacio), the younger of two maids, works for an upper-class Mexico City family.…

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