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December 2019

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Before We Vanish by Luke Gorham Film

Seberg | Benedict Andrews

Seberg is just the latest film to signal its interest in issues of racial injustice, and progressive commentary, only to counterproductively build itself around the travails of the privileged instead — specifically the rich, white, beautiful movie star Jean Seberg (Kristen Stewart). Conceiving the film…

December 28, 2019
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by Lawrence Garcia Film Horizon Line

A Hidden Life | Terrence Malik

From its title alone, Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life concerns itself with subjects that cinema often struggles to depict: the twin blossomings of consciousness and conscience. In telling the story of Franz Jägerstätter (August Diehl), an Austrian farmer and conscientious objector during the time of the…

December 28, 2019
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Before We Vanish by Calum Reed Film

Clemency | Chinonye Chukwu

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Chinonye Chukwu’s grim death row drama Clemency begins with a lethal injection gone wrong, which results in a prisoner experiencing an especially agonizing end. Dealing with the controversial issue of capital punishment, still…

December 28, 2019
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