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by Tanner Stechnij Feature Articles Music

Let It Play Out: A Decade of Lana Del Rey

October 6, 2019

It often seems like we’ve let Lana Del Rey down at every turn. But she’s always been patient enough to wait for us to come around to her side of things — and kind enough to not hold a grudge against those who don’t immediately. It’s especially daunting to write about Lana in the wake of her masterful new album Norman Fucking Rockwell!, a work that almost forces a reevaluation of this complex artist’s entire oeuvre. Lana has often been…

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by Alex Engquist Retrospective

On the Beach at Night Alone | Hong Sang-soo

On the Beach at Night Alone is Hong Sang-soo’s most sensitive character study since Nobody’s Daughter Haewon, and in the context of his relationship with lead actress Kim Min-hee — and the ensuing tabloid-fueled scandal their affair caused — it’s also Hong’s most self-questioning…

October 26, 2018
by InRO Staff Feature Articles Film Year in Review

Top 15 Films of 2017

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…

December 29, 2017
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Star Wars: The Last Jedi | Rian Johnson

Perhaps in answer to fans who complained that The Force Awakens was just a collection of rehashed elements and nostalgia with a shiny paint job, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, the might-be Empire Strikes Back of this new trilogy, is the most unusual and stealthily satisfying…

December 12, 2017
by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

New York Film Festival 2017 – Dispatch 5

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…

October 20, 2017
by Matthew Lucas Film

Human Flow | Ai Weiwei

Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei takes a powerful look at the global refugee crisis in his new documentary Human Flow. Whether the refugees come from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, or sub-Saharan Africa, Ai pulls back to examine their crises in the broadest possible context, recognizing the…

October 16, 2017
by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

New York Film Festival 2017 – Dispatch 4

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),…

October 14, 2017
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

The Foreigner | Martin Campbell

The Foreigner has the same elements as any number of generic procedurals: innocent victims are killed in a terrorist bomb blast, law enforcement officers track down leads and analyze forensics, and a crusading politician has his career put on the line. What none of these people (indeed, maybe…

October 13, 2017
by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

New York Film Festival 2017 – Dispatch 3

In our third dispatch from this year’s New York Film Festival (the first is here, second here): the “director’s cut” version of Arnaud Desplechin’s sprawling career summation, Ismael’s Ghosts; Argentinian filmmaker Lucretia Martel makes her long-awaited return with 18th century colonialist tale Zama; and Noah Baumbach’s latest dramedy, The Meyerowitz…

October 11, 2017
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Blade Runner 2049 | Denis Villeneuve

It’s worth remembering that, at the time of its 1982 initial release, nobody really knew what to make of, or much cared for, Blade Runner. Ridley Scott’s one-time sci-fi flop (now duly reclaimed and canonized, and available in 5 different cuts) was deliberately meandering, opaque, and…

October 6, 2017
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