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Quick Takes on Albums 2018 – Halftime (Part 3)

July 6, 2018
XXXTentacion

All this week at In Review Online, we’re presenting our takes on some notable (and less notable) albums that saw release during the first six months of the year. In the third of four installments (find the first one here and the second one here), we look at some recently released albums, which means we finally wade into the G.O.O.D. Music release cycle conversation that’s been dominating industry discourse. We also grapple with the presumably final album from controversial rapper XXXTentacion, who was shot and killed on…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music Year in Review

Quick Takes on Albums 2018 – Halftime (Part 2)

July 4, 2018
Halftime2

All this week at In Review Online, we’ll be presenting our takes on some notable (and less notable) albums that saw release during the first six months of the year, more or less chronologically. In the second of four installments (find the first one here), we look primarily at spring 2018 releases, including a career summative statement from dream-pop duo Beach House; a major rap debut from former reality TV star Cardi B; a record-breaking album from K-pop boy band BTS; and more.…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music Year in Review

Quick Takes on Albums 2018 – Halftime

July 3, 2018
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All this week at In Review Online, we’ll be presenting our takes on some notable (and less notable) albums that saw release during the first six months of the year, more or less chronologically. In the first of four installments, we look at quarter one 2018 releases, including a strong feminist statement from ’90s alterna-pop hero Tracey Thorn; Justin Timberlake’s failed-experiment pop blockbuster; the long awaited return of ’90s indie-rock heroes the Breeders; and plenty of others.…

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by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

BAMcinemafest 2018 – Dispatch 2

July 2, 2018
Support

The BAMcinemaFest wrapped its 10th edition earlier this week. We already covered some of the festival’s selections here. For our final dispatch, we look at a handful of strong documentaries from up and coming filmmakers, as well as a major new film from American indie film veteran Andrew Bujalski.…

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by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

BAMcinemafest 2018 – Dispatch 1

June 22, 2018
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The 2018 BAMcinemaFest, the 10th edition of the annual festival, kicked off Wednesday and runs until Sunday, July 1st. It has, over the last decade, established itself as one of the best, most daringly curated selections of American independent filmmaking that moviegoers could ask for, undoubtedly the borough’s perennial apogee for new cinema. This year’s slate is, unsurprisingly, replete with excellent films from exciting filmmakers, both neophytes and veterans, culling highlights from less consistent smorgasbords like Sundance (Madeline’s Madeline, Sorry to Bother You, Leave No Trace) and South…

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by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

New Directors/New Films 2018 – Dispatch 2

April 9, 2018
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The 47th edition of New Directors/New Films runs from Wednesday, March 28th, to Sunday, April 8th. For our final dispatch: a new feature from the co-director of Beyonce’s Lemonade film (Black Mother); the debut feature from “idiosyncratic” New York filmmaker Rick D’Ambrose (Notes on an Appearance); a film about “contemporary, post-colonial Algerian life” (Until the Birds Return); a werewolf film that’s also a class commentary (Good Manners); and more. Check out our first dispatch here. Across two features; several high-profile collaborations, including Beyonce’s Lemonade; and a widely…

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by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

New Directors/New Films 2018 – Dispatch 1

March 30, 2018
Ava

The 47th edition of New Directors/New Films runs from Wednesday, March 28th, to Sunday, April 8th. For our first of two dispatches from the festival, we look at the FIPRESCI Discovery Prize winner at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival (Ava); the late Chinese director Hu Bo’s sole film, a 4-hour “exacting depiction of depression”; the “precisely controlled” second feature from Valérie Massadian (Milla); a Taiwanese independent filmmaker’s “meditation” on a “bleak sociopolitical system” (The Great Buddha+); and others. Look for our second dispatch from the festival next week. An Elephant…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film Year in Review

Top 15 Films of 2017

December 29, 2017
Film Feature

The finest films of 2017 simultaneously offered us a respite from, and a deeper reflection on, our fraught and fractured social and political realities. In sharp contrast to our unfortunate tendency to segregate ourselves with social media-fueled enclaves and ecosystems that do little more than reflect our own thoughts, opinions, and POVs back at us ad infinitum, these films cut through all that, artfully, and often provocatively, reminding us of the common humanity we share even with those who would seem to…

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by InRO Staff Feature Articles Music Year in Review

Top 15 Albums of 2017

December 23, 2017
Music

The best songs and albums released over the last 12 months found a way to subvert a hopeless political reality, to move and inspire us by striving for change. A Chinese rap group broke through to an international audience; a singer-songwriter sincerely mounted a mournful reflection on the death of a loved one; and there were plentiful, powerful depictions of womanhood. So let’s just cross our fingers and hope for more light in the darkness in 2018. I mean, it…

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by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

New York Film Festival 2017 – Dispatch 5

October 20, 2017
Did You Wonder

Our fifth and final dispatch from this year’s New York Film Festival (here’s one, two, three, and four) includes a couple of films about various forms of appreciation (or lack thereof) for the arts — Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning art world comedy The Square and Todd Haynes’s YA adaptation Wonderstruck — as well as Greta Gerwig’s sharp and funny coming-of-age film Lady Bird. There are also three features here from outside of NYFF’s main slate: Sara Driver’s Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Travis Wilkinson’s Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (both…

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New York Film Festival 2017 – Dispatch 4

October 14, 2017
Before We Vanish

Our fourth dispatch from this year’s New York Film Festival (here’s one, two, and three) includes the Chinese-American filmmaker Chloé Zhao’s docudrama The Rider, about South Dakotan rodeo culture; Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers/Starman hybrid Before We Vanish; and Ben Russell’s Good Luck, a relatively normal (for him), 2.5 documentary about Surinamese gold panners.…

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