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Arctic | Joe Penna

August 16, 2019

There’s nothing particularly new in Joe Penna’s survival drama Arctic. But the director’s gritty, hard-edged vision of human resilience strikes a primal chord that other similarly themed films do not. For a movie that’s essentially Cast Away by way of The Revenant, Arctic eschews the usual trappings of its subgenre, dispensing with the laborious character development and getting right down to the brass tacks of survival. Although our hero is listed as Overgård in the credits, he is never mentioned…

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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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Knife + Heart | Yann Gonzalez

Knife + Heart  was probably the oddest entry in Cannes’s main competition slate last year — a trendy, queer, pop cinema throwback that stood-out in a sea of stodginess from the usual festival circuit faves. Director Yann Gonzalez previously caught the attention of world cinema’s…

June 22, 2019
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Loqueesha | Jeremy Saville

“You know, I grew up around black people my whole life. I mean, if the truth be told, I probably know n***** better than you. And don’t go getting offended by my use of the quote-unquote N-word. I have a black wife and two…

June 13, 2019
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Dhayam | Kannan Rangaswamy

Billed as “the first Indian film to be shot inside a single room,” Dhayam proves that some ideas are so inane that just maybe they aren’t enough to sustain a film. (In any case, there are multiple shots used throughout Dhayam involving the cast…

May 1, 2019
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Guava Island | Hiro Murai

“Anywhere where in order to get rich you have to make someone else richer is America” says musician Deni (Donald Glover) early into Guava Island — a cynical musing that proves a thematic ingress for this film. The specifics of the fictional, Caribbean-flecked nation…

April 19, 2019
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Ellipsis | David Wenham

Modestly assembled and expertly executed, David Wenham’s delightful debut feature Ellipsis conjures those occasions when human connection comes calling, often in spite of some general apathy. Employing a style of narrative popularized by Richard Linklater’s Before trilogy, the actor-turned-director’s serendipitous romance is the story of…

March 28, 2019
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