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Mariah Carey | Caution

November 27, 2018
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It’s often been said that Mariah Carey has little humility, but how much of that is just for show? Four years on from the flamboyantly-titled Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse — a commercial failure, though one modest critical acclaim — Mimi is back, and in an understandably more vulnerable state. Carey’s latest, Caution, is her first…

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Fort Buchanan | Benjamin Crotty

March 1, 2016
Fort Buchanan (2016)

Despite a slew of savvy would-be war-propaganda films in the 1940s (headed by David O. Selznick’s Since You Went Away) that made the plight of army wives their central focus, more recent efforts in this tradition, such as American Sniper, have tended more often to treat the emotional turmoil of the army spouse as only a fleeting consideration, lest too much be taken away from the real action of war’s front lines. In detailing a community of people at a retreat for soldiers’…

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The Captive | Atom Egoyan

December 12, 2014
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No stranger to treating lurid and uninviting subjects in a chilly fashion, Atom Egoyan’s glacial style of filmmaking has always been both a blessing and a curse. While his distant rendering of melancholy in The Sweet Hereafter— regarded by many as his masterpiece — allowed for a quietly devastating examination of mourning, his arctic methods can tend to distract from the psychological value of his films, as was the case in Where the Truth Lies. Egoyan’s reputation has waned in the past decade…

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London Film Festival 2014 – Dispatch 1

October 14, 2014
London 2014 1

If I’m overloaded on caffeine and discussing the virtues of Keira Knightley with a random Italian woman, it must be that time of year again. Yes, I’m at my fourth London Film Festival, having now established myself as a long-term resident of the U.K. capital. The festival is already well underway, as characterized this (and every) year by the sight of critics slumped asleep in the aisles, the ever-present smell of coffee, and the extreme range of wi-fi quality at…

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