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June 2019

by M.G. Mailloux Film Streaming Scene

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
by Jaime Grijalba Gomez Film Streaming Scene

Belmonte | Federico Veiroj

There are many portraits of human crisis in the annals of cinema. Many take the form of a series of events being heaped upon the main character until the cathartic moment when they either survive their ordeal, or they don’t. But Uruguayan filmmaker Federico…

June 21, 2019
Blockbuster Beat by Matt Lynch Film

Toy Story 4 | Josh Cooley

Ready for another go-round with your vaguely queasy adult feelings about the inner lives of toys? Disney and Pixar are here to oblige. Toy Story 4 does the usual advertised job of making grown-up parents all nostalgic and weepy while delivering a stealth dose…

June 20, 2019
by Greg Cwik Ledger Line Music

The National | I Am Easy to Find

The National have been making music for about 20 years, and, while their style has developed over those two decades — becoming more ornate, with electronics adding layers of malaise — the sad ex-Brooklynites have a reputation for being ‘consistent,’ meaning they shy away…

June 15, 2019
by Greg Cwik Film Kicking the Canon

A Touch of Zen | King Hu

Ensconced in the forest, enfolded by lush, verdant foliage, a spider’s web glints, caught in the halation of the sun; the glistening, intricate pattern is one of the myriad beauties crafted by nature, but it is also a deadly trap set by a formidable…

June 13, 2019
Blockbuster Beat by Matt Lynch Film

Men In Black International | F. Gary Gray

When Men in Black debuted in 1997, it was as an amiable goof, Ghostbusters with aliens, a delight. The then-cutting edge special effects and breezy chemistry between its two leads largely covered for the fact that there wasn’t much plot relative to its universe-expanding premise,…

June 13, 2019
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