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August 2019

by Lawrence Garcia Film Streaming Scene

Yara | Abbas Fahdel

Set in the remote valley of Qadishi, in Northern Lebanon, Abbas Fahdel’s Yara is a limited, if verdant vision of quotidian life. Centered on an orphaned teen girl (Michelle Wehbe) — the title character — who lives with her grandmother, the film observes a…

August 28, 2019
by Daniel Gorman Film Kicking the Canon

To Live and Die in L.A. | William Friedkin

Director William Friedkin is known as a ‘big’ personality, loud and aggressive and bellicose. He’s been called a bully more often than not (Nat Segaloff’s 1990 critical biography is appropriately titled ‘Hurricane Billy’). But Friedkin is a mess of contradictions, capable of self-critical introspection…

August 25, 2019
Photo: Neon
by Sam C. Mac Film Horizon Line

Luce | Julius Onah

More sentient discourse than credible drama, Julius Onah’s Luce frankensteins together a collection of button-pushers: issues of race, class, privilege, elitism, tokenism, essentialism, free will, mental health, radical ideologies, sexual assault, social media’s distortions, police brutality, and on and on. One could charitably call…

August 23, 2019
In Review | Online film and music criticism