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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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If Beale Street Could Talk | Barry Jenkins

The first shot is a marvel — a quiet, lovely reverie that ends with a punch to the gut. As a young couple walk hand in hand in a picturesque park setting, the camera cranes in over them, tracks them down a path, and slowly twirls around, as…

December 23, 2018
#BlockbusterBeat by Matt Lynch Film

Creed II | Steven Caple Jr.

Whereas 2015’s Creed transcends its station as essentially the seventh Rocky due in large part to director Ryan Coogler’s reliance on his actors’ emotional intelligence, and his ability to balance character nuance and broad narrative strokes, Creed II resembles not much more than a generic Rocky sequel. Coogler’s out, and new director Steven Caple Jr. abandons the complex…

November 21, 2018
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