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Before We Vanish | Issue 1

February 14, 2019
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OK, so things don’t really vanish anymore: even the most limited film release will (most likely, eventually) find its way onto some streaming service or into some DVD bargain bin assuming that those still exist by the time this sentence finishes. In other words, while the title of In Review Online‘s new monthly feature devoted to current domestic and international arthouse releases in theaters will hopefully bring attention to a deeply underrated (even by us) Kiyoshi Kurosawa film, it isn’t a perfect title. Nevertheless, it’s always a good idea to catch-up with…

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Lost in Translation | The Foreign Music We Missed in 2018

February 8, 2019
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As we expressed in our other major 2018 catch-up feature, it’s a fool’s errand to try and cover every worthy release from a particular genre in a given calendar year. It’s even more absurd to try something similar for releases from every country — especially considering the wealth of rich musical traditions to be found all over the globe. But because world music artists have become ever more accessible, with the advent of streaming services, and received further attention from Western critics, we can’t help but bring attention to some of our own…

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What Meek Didn’t Do. | The Rap Releases We Missed in 2018

January 13, 2019
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Trying to cover every rap album, mixtape, EP, collaborative project, and “selective playlist” released over the past year seems like a fool’s errand; in 2018 alone, between our monthly feature roundup of new rap releases, What Would Meek Do?; year-end listicles; and mid-year catch-up, we barely even scratched the surface. So, to play catch-up once more, your usual SoundCloud junkies Paul Attard and Joe Biglin are here joined by the rest of InRO’s staff to cover releases that Meek was never able…

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Top Ten Songs and Albums of 2018

January 9, 2019
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The albums that defined the past year were projects that subverted typical genre norms and traditionalist views, making themselves hard to rigidly categorize in the process. With foreign influencers making waves across across a smattering of Billboard hit singles (more on one of the biggest from this year a little bit later) and the dominance of the ever-growing “playlist” mentality — cramming in as many wide-ranging music styles for maximum streams, i.e. Migos’ Culture II and Drake’s Scorpion — the push for the…

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Off Beat | The Blockbusters We Missed in 2018

January 4, 2019
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There are a lot of movies released in a year — and that’s even once you cut the crop down to just those that receive a wide release. Among this past year’s blockbusters there was also a lot of probable-dross, stuff we just didn’t feel the need to get to right away; and there were films that we did see and felt that we could do more justice to given a little time to marinate; and of course there were films that we…

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Top 20 Films of 2018

December 29, 2018
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Toxic masculinity had a year; scan the top three titles on this list and you’ll find three films about self-involved men belaboring the value of ‘their art’ — made by three self-involved men belaboring the value of their art. That may seem like a dispiriting regression, especially considering where we were as a culture like 24 months ago, and in many ways 2018 has been a backslide of a year. But take a closer look at those three films —…

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Foreign Correspondent | Issue 2

December 15, 2018
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In an effort to reboot our music coverage, In Review Online has launched some monthly features devoted to reviewing new album releases. One such feature is Foreign Correspondent — a survey of new releases from the international music world. In this issue, we cover releases from Chilean pop sensation Mon Laferte; two South Korean releases, from girl group Red Velvet and composer/multi-instrumentalist Park Jiha; and two Japanese albums, from singer-songwriter Yoshizawa Kayoko and idol group Maison Book Girl. The issue also features a selection for InRO‘s Kicking the Canon: Brazilian heavy-metal icons Sepultura’s 1993 album Chaos A.D.…

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Foreign Correspondent | Issue 1

November 22, 2018
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In an effort to reboot our music coverage, In Review Online has launched some monthly features devoted to reviewing new album releases. Today, we launch Foreign Correspondent — a survey of new releases from the international music world. Issue #1 features takes on albums from Chilean pop artist Alex Anwandter; rising Catalonian star Rosalía; Norwegian electronic avant-gardist and vocalist Stine Janvin; and two Japanese releases, from “post-hardcore” band Cöe Shu Nie and electronic producer Tofubeats. The issue also features a selection for InRO’s Kicking the Canon project: British-born, Indian descended Najma’s 1987 album Qareeb. Chilean…

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New York Film Festival 2018 – Dispatch 2

October 22, 2018
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For our final dispatch from the 2018 New York Film Festival, we take a look at each of the features from the fest’s avant garde-themed Projections program (our previous dispatch featured our takes on some of the titles from NYFF’s Main Slate). Included in this year’s impressive line-up: The debut feature film from “filmmaker/animator/composer” Jodie Mack; Taiwanese narrative filmmaker-turned-avant gardist Tsai Ming-liang’s latest; the provocative Catalan independent filmmaker Albert Serra’s very appropriate follow-up to his 2016 film The Death of Louis XIV; New York-based director…

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New York Film Festival 2018 – Dispatch 1

October 17, 2018
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The 2018 New York Film Festival just wrapped over the weekend — which means it’s curtains for 2018’s fall festival season (I’m so sorry). Our first dispatch tackles Main Slate selections from the fest that we haven’t already covered (see our five Toronto Film Festival dispatches and Private Life), and that we don’t have plans to cover soon (next month, look for Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and Joel & Ethan Coen’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs in Streaming Scene and Barry Jenkins’s If Beale Street Could Talk in Blockbuster Beat).…

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Toronto International Film Festival 2018 – Dispatch 5

September 20, 2018
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Our fifth and final dispatch from the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (here’s the first, the second, the third, and the fourth) represents perhaps our most eclectic group of films yet: There are acclaimed filmmakers whose new works were seemingly passed on by some of the season’s other major fests (Xavier Dolan’s The Life and Death of John F. Donovan, Paolo Sorrentino’s Loro), an under-the-radar directing pair whose latest has been slowly accruing buzz since its Cannes premiere (Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego’s Birds of Passage), a hotly tipped fall…

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Toronto International Film Festival 2018 – Dispatch 4

September 18, 2018
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Our fourth dispatch from the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (here’s the first, the second, and the third) continues sifting through the various cinematic voices, styles, and pedigrees that make-up this year’s official slate. This time, we offer our takes on a big historical epic from a mainstay of international cinema (Mike Leigh’s Peterloo), the sophomore feature from a breakout director of the film festival circuit (Laszlo Nemes’s Sunset), prestige Hollywood actor fare (Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carrell in Felix Van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy, Lucas Hedges in his dad Peter Hedges’s Ben Is Back),…

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