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August 2017

Before We Vanish by Christopher Bourne Film

The Villainess | Jung Byung-Gil

The Villainess, Jung Byung-Gil’s demented take on La Femme Nikita,—or, alternately, any number of female-driven Hong Kong action flicks—has a number of eye-popping set-pieces that are as literal an interpretation of the term “motion picture” as you’re likely to come across. The first of…

August 25, 2017
Before We Vanish by Lawrence Garcia Film

Beach Rats | Eliza Hittman

Eliza Hittman’s first feature, It Felt Like Love, was a promising, if familiar Brooklyn-set tale of a teenage girl’s burgeoning sexuality. With, Beach Rats, Hittman revisits the same setting, but with the focus now on a teenage boy’s nascent queer exploration. When the film…

August 25, 2017
by Paul Attard Film Horizon Line

The Unknown Girl | Jean-Peirre & Luc Dardenne

Critics out of Cannes labeled Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s The Unknown Girl “a lesser work.” If that’s the case, it just proves that the brothers are among the finest working directors. The film, another tale of proletariat moralism—one of the Dardennes’ favorite subjects—follows Doctor Jenny…

August 25, 2017
Before We Vanish by Justin Stewart Film

Marjorie Prime | Michael Almereyda

Sometime in the near future, Tess (Geena Davis) and her husband Jon (Tim Robbins) gift octogenarian widow Marjorie (Lois Smith) an A.I. hologram version of her dead husband, to keep her talking and to fortify her faltering, faulty memory. Marjorie went with the age…

August 18, 2017
Before We Vanish by Luke Gorham Film

The Wound | John Trengove

John Trengove’s The Wound is a thematically blunt but visually dynamic film, one built around intimate, observational camerawork and an integrity of character development. Impressively choreographing a delicate dance between tradition and modernity, while allowing his camera to mirror that dichotomy through some interesting incongruities (aqua-hued running…

August 16, 2017
by Paul Attard Film Horizon Line

Nocturama | Bertrand Bonello

Bertrand Bonello’s controversial new feature Nocturama, which was passed over by both the Cannes and Venice film festivals, has been pigeonholed as a film that supports or in some way exploits the culture of terrorism. But while extremist acts play a role in the film,…

August 11, 2017
Before We Vanish by Lawrence Garcia Film

Four Days in France | Jérôme Reybaud

It’s hard to imagine French director Alain Guiraudie going for mainstream appeal, but if he did, the result might look something like Jérôme Reybaud’s road trip movie Four Days in France. In what’s surely a coincidence, Reybaud’s film bears some superficial similarity to Guiraudie’s Staying Vertical:…

August 4, 2017
by Lawrence Garcia Film Horizon Line

Columbus | Kogonada

While it’s exciting to discover completely​ unknown directors, it’s equally—if not more—interesting to watch a (relatively) well-known artist transition into feature filmmaking. Making his debut with Columbus, Kogonada (best known as a video essayist for Criterion, Sight and Sound, and others) channels his talents into…

August 4, 2017
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