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Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly | White Trash Tyler

September 19, 2019

One must marvel at Travis Scott’s dramatic cultural ascendancy. The 28-year-old hip-hop artist currently operates in the highest strata of pop stardom, put there by his rabid, young fanbase. And yet a mere five years ago, it seemed as if Scott would end up a punchline — that certain factions of the music blog Illuminati would insist that he is merely a meme, another Kanye protege poised to embarrass G.O.O.D. Music. The critical community, and the casual music consumer, will…

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Ana, Mon Amour | Calin Peter Netzer

With Ana, Mon Amour, director Calin Peter Netzer is desperately trying to align himself with the great figures of doomed romantic cinema, from Rivette and Cassavettes to Bergman and Pialat. That’s certainly a bold aspiration, although given that rarified air it is perhaps unsurprising that…

September 16, 2019
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Hail Satan? | Penny Lane

The Satanists in Hail Satan? don’t actually worship the devil, but it’d be a lot cooler if they did. Instead of ritualistic blood sacrifices and black magick, the Satanic Temple has set its sights on doing political and social good. When a statue of the Ten…

September 3, 2019
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Yara | Abbas Fahdel

Set in the remote valley of Qadishi, in Northern Lebanon, Abbas Fahdel’s Yara is a limited, if verdant vision of quotidian life. Centered on an orphaned teen girl (Michelle Wehbe) — the title character — who lives with her grandmother, the film observes a…

August 28, 2019
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Season of the Devil | Lav Diaz

The latest film from Filipino director Lav Diaz to make it to US streaming services is the almost four-hour long, politically charged, a cappella musical Season of the Devil — a film that is, per the director himself, “about motherfuckers like Donald Trump.” A…

August 21, 2019
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Arctic | Joe Penna

There’s nothing particularly new in Joe Penna’s survival drama Arctic. But the director’s gritty, hard-edged vision of human resilience strikes a primal chord that other similarly themed films do not. For a movie that’s essentially Cast Away by way of The Revenant, Arctic eschews…

August 16, 2019
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Point Blank | Joe Lynch

Point Blank is an unnecessary, and altogether unremarkable, remake of a 2010 French film of the same title — which is itself fairly mediocre as well. Credit where it’s due: both films have a great hook. An injured criminal is placed under arrest in…

August 5, 2019
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