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Where’d You Go, Bernadette? | Richard Linklater

August 20, 2019

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? wants to be a deep, philosophical treatise on identity in the modern world. That the film’s title ends up serving as rhetorical question — with an easy, pat answer — is a big part of the problem. Director Richard Linklater chronicles one woman’s midlife crisis — Bernadette withdraws from the world, and her family — and is awash in empty signifiers of 21st Century, upper middle class ennui. Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) is a bundle of neurotic…

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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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Late Night | Nisha Ganatra

Given Mindy Kaling’s standing as a woman of color with an established career in television — as an actress and a producer/creator — one might think that Late Night would be a slam dunk. Working from her own screenplay, Kaling plays Molly, a young,…

July 2, 2019
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Brightburn | David Yarovesky

DC and Marvel have been publishing special, out-of-continuity comic books for decades, usually (but not always) under their respective “Elseworlds” and “What If?” banners. It’s the kind of stuff that fanboys would argue about before the internet, like ‘What if Batman but in Victorian…

June 10, 2019
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The Wandering Earth | Frant Gwo

It’s fascinating to watch a movie come out and gross hundreds of millions of dollars, while also barely making a blip on the American pop culture radar. Obviously, other countries have been producing their own films for as long as the medium has existed,…

May 31, 2019
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Love Education | Syvlia Chang

It’s probably safe to say that Sylvia Chang‘s Love Education is the kind of film that is impossible to get made in America at this point in time. A quiet, patiently observed slice-of-life drama just isn’t in the works from US studios; they would turn this…

May 15, 2019
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